Buffalo Bandits General Manager Kurt Silcott announced today that Darris Kilgour has been named the new head coach of the team. He will replace Frank Nielsen who was appointed interim head coach after Ted Sawicki resigned on February 7. Kilgour will become the Bandits sixth coach in the team's 11-year history.
'We're very excited to bring Darris Kilgour back to Buffalo as the head coach of the Buffalo Bandits,' said Silcott. 'I'm sure that Darris' commitment to this organization as a player will only be outdone by his new commitment as the team's head coach. We certainly expect Darris to bring out a new level of accountability to the locker room as well as his unique level of toughness back to the Buffalo Bandits floor. As the league continues to grow, Darris will be at the focal point of our success in the future. As the only Bandits player with his number retired, we are happy that his legacy with this organization will continue as the head coach.'
Kilgour was the head coach of the Washington Power the last two seasons earning an 18-12 record. He led the team into the semi-finals both seasons and lost to Toronto both times by one goal.
A three-time MILL/NLL All-Pro, Kilgour was the first ever draft choice of the Bandits. The Niagara Falls, New York native played for Niagara Wheatfield High School where he was a two-time high school All-American in lacrosse.
Kilgour was a major part in each of Buffalo's three Major Indoor Lacrosse League Championships. Kilgour is the Bandits' all-time leader in regular season penalty minutes with 257. He is also in the top five in every offensive category in the Buffalo Bandits team history.
In addition to holding Bandits team records, Kilgour is 12th in all-time goals (144), 10th in all-time assists (168) and 11th in all-time points (312) for the NLL. After playing eight seasons in Buffalo, Kilgour played one season in Rochester and Albany before retiring in 2000.
Kilgour had his best year as a professional in 1998, where he netted 37 goals and added 30 assists for 67 points in 12 games.