The Edmonton Rush signed head coach Derek Keenan to a two-year contract yesterday.

He guided the Rush to a franchise-best 10-6 record last season. Edmonton advanced to the West Division final before losing in overtime to the Washington Stealth.

“Having Derek remain at the helm of the Rush is essential to our continued growth and to reach the heightened expectations we have for the 2011 NLL season,” team president Gord Sawyer said in a release.

“The Rush made tremendous strides in 2010 and Derek was a major reason for our success.”

Keenan was named the NLL’s general manager of the year and shared the coach of the year honour with Washington’s Chris Hall.

“I’m thrilled that we got the contract formality out of the way,” Keenan said. “There was never any doubt in my mind as to where I wanted to be for the next two seasons and hopefully beyond that.”