Les Bartley served as Head Coach and General Manager of the Buffalo Bandits between 1992 and 1997 and the Toronto Rock franchise between 1998 and 2003. Since he began his coaching career in 1991 with the Buffalo Bandits, Bartley led his teams to eleven Championship games, winning seven League Championships. Four of those seven were with the Rock; back-to-back titles in 1999/2000 and 2002/2003. Prior to coming to Toronto, Bartley coached the Bandits to titles in 1992, 1993 & 1996. Bartley holds the records for most wins by a coach in regular season (93 wins) and playoffs, where sported an 18-4 record.
Bartley started his NLL coaching career with the Buffalo Bandits and did so with a 22 game winning streak, a league record that still holds today. Bartley took over as head coach for an 0-3 Bandits team in 1992 and lead team to championships in each of his first two seasons (1992 & 1993) including an undefeated season in 1993. (With Bartley as coach, the Bandits were also undefeated in 1992 at 5-0 after the 0-3 start before he took over) Bartley and the Bandits also appeared in the championship game in 1994, 1996, and 1997, winning their third title in 1996.
Bartley took over as Head Coach for the expansion Ontario Raiders in 1998 and lead the team to a 6-6 record. After 1998 the team moved to Toronto and became the Rock. With the Rock, Bartley led the team to four championships in five seasons before being diagnosed with colon cancer prior to the 2004 season and he stepped down from coaching. Bartley succumbed to his illness and passed away on May 15, 2005.
Les Bartley Coaching Record:
Career Overall Record: 111-42
Career Regular season Record: 93-38
Career Post Season Record: 18-4