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Roughnecks promote Curt Malawsky to Head Coach

08/13/2012, 2:30pm EDT
By NLL.com

Malawsky joined by assistant coaches Bob McMahon & Bruce Codd


Curt Malawsky served as an assistant coach of the Roughnecks following his retirement from a succesful playing career.

The Calgary Roughnecks announced that the club has named Curt Malawsky as head coach and assistant general manager.  Bob McMahon will return as an assistant coach and former Roughneck Bruce Codd rejoins the club as an assistant coach to round out the Roughnecks coaching staff for the 2013 NLL season.

“We are extremely pleased to have Curt accept the head coach and assistant general manager position,” said Roughnecks General Manager Mike Board.  “Curt has won at all levels as a player and as a coach and we believe, as one of the bright, young minds in the game, Curt is the right coach to lead the Roughnecks. He has a rich knowledge of the league and will continue, in his role as assistant general manager, to be involved in player personnel decisions as we move forward in building a championship team.”

“I would like to thank Mike Board, the Calgary Roughnecks organization and the Calgary Flames ownership for having the confidence to give me this coaching opportunity,” said Malawsky.  “I would also like to acknowledge all those who have been in involved with the Roughnecks over the years that have influenced me as a player and coach.  I look forward to starting my new role with the Roughnecks and preparing the 2013 team for a championship season.”

Malawsky held the associate coach and assistant general manager position for Calgary from the summer of 2009 to 2012.  During three seasons on the Roughnecks bench, Malawsky helped guide Calgary to two league-leading records in 2011 (11-5) and 2012 (12-4) as well as three consecutive playoff appearances.  Prior to taking on a coaching role, Malawsky’s 12 year career in the NLL included two seasons with the Roughnecks from 2008-2009 during which time he recorded 46 goals and 42 assists for 88 points over 31 games.  In 2009, Malawsky won his first Champion’s Cup with Calgary where he notched three goals and added one assist in three playoff contests.

Outside of lacrosse, Malawsky works as an Electrical Supervisor in West Vancouver, British Columbia.  Malawsky and his wife, Gilda, have two sons, Cody and Dawson.

McMahon returns as an assistant coach for Calgary following two years on the Roughnecks bench.  The native of Oakville, Ontario, began his professional coaching career in 1992 with the Detroit Turbos and has been a head coach as well as an assistant coach for several NLL teams.  Most recently, he was the head coach in Colorado from 2007-2009 followed by a season as their assistant coach in 2010.

“Bob knows our organization, our players and our systems, and brings a wealth of experience to the staff,” said Board.  “He and Curt have worked together for a number of years making this a seamless transition.”

Codd is making his professional coaching debut after a 13 year career in the NLL that included four seasons in Calgary from 2008-2011.  Malawsky and Codd were teammates with both the Arizona Sting (2006-2007) and the Calgary Roughnecks (2008-2009).  The Orangeville, Ontario product tallied 24 points and collected 327 loose balls over 64 games with the Roughnecks and was a member of the 2009 championship team.  Codd concluded his career with the Toronto Rock where he put up three assists and scooped up 51 loose balls over 15 games last season.

“Bruce is a fierce competitor and a student of the game,” commented Board on the former Roughneck defender. “While playing in Calgary he was very involved with the Alberta Lacrosse Association and coached the Junior A Raiders in Okotoks. His experience as a player in the league as well as a coach at the junior level in Alberta and Ontario combine to make him a natural choice to join the Roughnecks staff. We believe this staff has the experience, the knowledge and the will to lead the Roughnecks to the ultimate goal, a Champion’s Cup.”

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