Rockford Lightning announce coach to stay

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Lightning General Manager Michael Neville and Lightning owner Judy Timpe have announced that an agreement with Lightning Head Coach Chris Daleo has been reached. Tuesday, July 5, Daleo signed a three-year contract extension (pending league approval) that will allow Daleo to patrol the sidelines through the 2007-2008 season.

“It was our goal to sit down with Chris and work something out that would guarantee that he was our head coach for years to come,” said Lightning General Manager Michael Neville. Daleo has led the Lightning to three straight playoff appearances and remains fourth on the list of Lightning coaches for total wins and has the highest winning percentage of any Lightning coach.

“I am very excited to remain the Lightning’s coach, not only for this year, but for the next couple of years,” said Daleo. “This truly shows Judy Timpe’s commitment to the City of Rockford by keeping the Lightning here. I feel that the Lightning remain the best family entertainment in the Rockford area, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

“This was very easy negotiation for all parties,” said Neville. “Once Chris returned from Italy, we met with him first thing. We feel that it is important for the Lightning’s coach to be active in the community, meet with sponsors and season ticket holders, have a good relationship with the Rockford media, and of course, win ball games. Chris does all of that. Both Judy and I feel comfortable in having him remain in Rockford.”

Season tickets are on sale for the 2005-2006 season, with ticket packages starting at $63. For more information, call the Lightning office at 874-4232.

From the July 13-19, 2005, issue

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