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Bandit Becomes 'Necks New Bench Boss

For Immediate Release
July, 4, 2007

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League have captured a Bandit to be its new bench boss.

Troy Cordingley, who has been an assistant with the Buffalo franchise for a number of years, was today named the Riggers’ Head Coach for the 2008 season.

“We are very excited to have Troy as the next Head Coach,” said Roughnecks General Manager Kurt Silcott.

“He is an experienced coach in both the NLL and OLA (Ontario Lacrosse Association) and we are lucky we were able to get him to come to Calgary.”

Silcott added, “We feel that Troy’s energy and passion for the game will spark this team to the next level.

“I know the type of lacrosse that Troy preaches and I believe our players will soon buy into it.”

For his part, Cordingley said he cannot wait to start work with his new charges.

“Calgary is a veteran team and a large part of the attraction for me was the opportunity to work with such outstanding players as Tracey Kelusky and Lewis Ratcliff,” said Cordingley.

“The existing core is exceedingly strong, and with just a tweak here and there I honestly feel we have the ability to take the (NLL) championship.”

Dave Zygaj, the Bandits’ Director of Lacrosse Operations, commented, “Troy was an excellent coach and player and a significant part of the Buffalo organization. Although we hate to see him go, we respect and acknowledge the opportunity for Troy to advance himself.”

Cordingley, 40, was a 2nd round draft pick of the Bandits in 1993. Later on in his playing career, he dressed for Albany and then Rochester, before retiring in 2001 due to an ankle injury.

In 96 NLL games, he picked up 345 points (143 goals, 202 assists), snagged 393 loose balls and spent 137 minutes in the penalty box.

For the past three summers, he has been the General Manager and Head Coach of the Brampton Excelsior in the OLA.

During the week, he is a Grade 1 teacher in Port Credit, Ontario.

He is married to wife Darla and has four children – Aurora (8), Bryce (6) and twins Dacia and Cade (16 months).

Bryce already plays lacrosse and is a big fan of Roughnecks’ captain Tracey Kelusky.

Cordingley replaces Jeff Dowling behind the Calgary bench. Dowling joined the club midway through the 2007 season following the firing of long-time coach Chris Hall.

-ROUGHNECKS-



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