The Buffalo Bandits have hired former Bandits player and assistant coach Troy Cordingley, who won the 2013 NLL Head Coach of the Year award with the Toronto Rock, as Buffalo looks to restore their winning tradition in 2014. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
The Buffalo Bandits have announced that the team has hired Troy Cordingley to be the seventh head coach in franchise history.
Cordingley served as head coach of the Toronto Rock for the last four NLL seasons. Under Cordingley, the Rock led the East Division twice (2012 and 2013) and reached the NLL Championship Game twice (2010 and 2011), including a Champion’s Cup win in 2011. Last season, Cordingley guided the team to a league-best 10-6 record, earning his second Les Bartley Award, given annually to the NLL Head Coach of the Year.
“It was a very tough decision as every candidate we interviewed came highly qualified with lots of experience,” said Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich. “However, it came down to Troy’s track record of winning championships in the NLL and turning teams around in a quick manner.”
Cordingley began his head coaching career in Calgary in 2008 after first serving as an assistant coach for the Bandits. He led the Roughnecks to a Champion’s Cup in 2009, winning the Les Bartley Award for the first time in his career.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to become the next head coach of the Buffalo Bandits,” Cordingley said. “As both a former player and assistant coach with the organization, I have orange and black blood running through my veins. Helping this team get back to where it belongs is something that excites me, and I look forward to that challenge. Plain and simple, I’m coming here to win.”
Prior to his coaching career, Cordingley played nine seasons of professional lacrosse from 1993 to 2001, including his first seven as a member of the Bandits. He ranks in the top 10 in Bandits history in goals (96), assists (137) and points (233) and won two championships with the Bandits.
The Bandits announced the remainder of their coaching staff for 2014, returning all three assistants from last year while adding three more, all of which can be found here.