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Daniel Quaranta will not return as head coach of the New York Rumble for the 2014 season.

Quaranta expressed his gratitude towards the Rumble organization and wishes the squad the best of luck moving forward.

“The decision to not return for year two was a very difficult one for me and was based solely on the fact that my family and professional life require all of my attention at this point in my life,” Quaranta said. “My experience last year was everything I hoped it could be, and I walk away with the fondest of memories. Part of what made the decision so difficult is that I am so excited to see what the Rumble and the MLU will look like in year two with an entire offseason to plan and prepare.”

Quaranta led the team to a third place finish in the Eastern Conference last season, just missing the playoffs by two points.

Chris Mazur, the 2013 Eastern Conference MVP and Rumble handler, said he would miss the passionate Quaranta. “Coach Q was the perfect leader for the Rumble in year one, and he will be sorely missed by all the players, staff, and fans. DQ has been one of the most passionate guys in the game of Ultimate for a long time, and this translated into being extraordinarily motivating for all the players. He has a forward vision for the sport, and the entire MLU family will miss his influence.”

General Manager Michelle Kondracki thanked Quaranta for his work, adding he would always be welcome by the Rumble. “Daniel will always be a part of the Rumble family. His intensity, leadership, and motivational skills will be truly missed. The Rumble and I wish Daniel the best of luck with his future endeavors. There will always be a home for him here,” Kondracki said.

As for the search for the next head coach, Kondracki said the process is already underway. “We’re looking to find the right fit for the team. We have a few leads and will be announcing a new head coach soon,” she said.

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