The Washington Wave pro box lacrosse team announced yesterday the hiring of a new coach and a new general manager, and its league announced it has changed its name.

Buddy Beardmore, who coached the Wave during its inaugural season, has been named general manager, replacing Joe Daley, who resigned. Glen Little, who was a goalie and assistant coach last year, has been named head coach.

The league, last year known as the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League, has become the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. The league, which hopes to expand within the next few years, remains at four teams: Washington, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Beardmore led the Wave last year to a 2-4 regular season record and a third-place finish. The Wave advanced to the championship, but lost, 11-10, to Baltimore.

"You lose one championship game and they boot you right upstairs," said Beardmore, who coached the University of Maryland men's lacrosse team for 11 seasons, winning eight Atlantic Coast Conference championships and two NCAA titles.

Little, a native of Toronto, played for the Maryland Arrows in 1975.

"This team, the league, it's all a quality product," said Little. "It's not a flash in the pan. Last year everything was kind of thrown together fast. But this year we've had time to prepare and we will be much more professional looking and much more of a force to reckon with."

The team is currently in the process of trimming its roster from 30 players to 25. Eighteen players will dress for games.

"We have some very good young players working with us this season," said Little. "And with the return of some of the more experienced players, we should have an even faster, more exciting team than last year."

The Wave, which will play eight games, opens the season on Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. at Capital Centre against Philadelphia. All four of this year's home games will be on weekends. The other home games are Jan. 30, 8 p.m., against New Jersey, Feb. 6, 1 p.m., against Baltimore and Feb. 14, 8 p.m., against Philadelphia.