National Lacrosse League: Calgary Roughnecks Part Ways with Dave Pym

Jim Flannery@@calgaryjimboAnalyst IJuly 16, 2012

(Photo: Calgary Herald)
(Photo: Calgary Herald)

The Calgary Roughnecks announced that they would not be renewing the contract of head coach Dave Pym. From the team's site:

“Decisions like this are always difficult to make,” said Roughnecks General Manager Mike Board. “Over the past five seasons, Dave has made significant contributions to our club as a scout, assistant coach and a head coach. I thank Dave for his commitment and hard work and wish him every success in the future.”

Pym took over the job from Troy Cordingly following the Roughnecks' 2009 Champion's Cup victory. Since being handed the reins, Pym has guided Calgary to a 33-15 record and two consecutive seasons with the winningest record in the NLL.

What he has not done is take the team to another final.

They have gone 1-3 in the playoffs under Pym, including first-round upsets at the hands of the Edmonton Rush in both 2010 and 2012.

Management obviously feels this isn't good enough and have decided to try their luck with someone else in charge.

This is a shame because the team has played extremely well under Pym and he can hardly be blamed for their first-round collapse this past season, considering the team was badly beaten up.

Curtis Dickson, who tied for second-most goals on the team in the regular season with 31, was injured in the Roughnecks' final regular season game and missed the playoffs. Goaltender of the Year Mike Poulin missed the final two games of the regular season with a leg injury and was not sharp in the postseason.

Add in the absence of Jon Harnett—who was still recovering from a midseason concussion—and the Roughnecks were in rough shape.

Blaming the early exit on the head coach under those circumstances seems more than a little unfair. However, Calgary does have at least two good options within the organization to fill Pym's shoes.

As noted by, both assistant coaches for Calgary—Curt Malawsky and Bob McMahon—would be well suited to step into the job. Both have coaching experience and know the team inside and out, so they could provide a smooth transition for the Roughnecks in 2013.


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