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Landsharks Coach/Gm Ron Roy Resigns

02/07/2002, 11:35am EST
By National Lacrosse League

Columbus, Ohio---The Columbus Landsharks have announced that General Manager and Head Coach Ron Roy has resigned from his duties with the organization.

Roy, who was internally removed of his General Manager duties late last week to help concentrate on his coaching responsibilities, resigned on Wednesday.

Ron Roy

"It is a shame that Ron has resigned from his position with the team," Vice President of Operations Chris Bandura said. "Ron is a great person with a great heart. He has put a lot of time and effort into the organization. Since day one, we have tried to start on a path for our future. The goal was to build our foundation with talented, young players. A three-year plan was internally established to help bring a championship-caliber lacrosse team to Central Ohio. Over the past few weeks, Ron has looked to trade away some of our young talent to try to win a few more games this year. This caused a strain in our relationship."

Roy joined the team on June 19, 2001 when New York businessmen Michael Gongas and Charlie Russo were announced as the new ownership partners. Before heading to the Landsharks, Roy was an assistant coach with the Buffalo Bandits for three years.

"Ron is a quality individual and will be truly missed." Bandura added. "But with half of our season remaining, we will continue with the plan that we have orchestrated over the past few months."

A replacement for Roy has not been named. Assistant Coaches Wayne Colley and Worthington, Ohio native Chris Gallagher will act as Co-Head Coaches for this weekend's match-up against the Albany Attack on Friday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the interim.

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