According to NLL.com, the Toronto Rock have elected to let go of head coach Troy Cordingley.
He guided the Rock to the Champion's Cup twice—in 2010 and 2011—with Toronto winning the final in '11.
In four seasons with Toronto, Cordingley had a 38-26 record, finishing in first place in the East Division twice and never worse than second.
Unfortunately for the Rock coach, after leading the team to the finals two straight years to start his time in Toronto (Cordingley's third Champion's Cup appearance in a row, including his win in 2009 with the Calgary Roughnecks), he failed to get past the second round in the last two seasons, and General Manager Terry Sanderson took that as a sign that it was time for a change behind the bench.
The move comes only weeks after winning his second Les Bartley Award as National Lacrosse League Coach of the Year.
As noted on NLL.com, Sanderson said of the move,
Troy was an integral part of the success the Rock achieved over the last four seasons, including a championship in 2011. I felt the team needed new bench leadership to get the franchise back to another championship.
Curiously enough, this marks two years in a row that the coach with the best record in the regular season saw his team exit the playoffs early before getting fired in the weeks that followed. Last season, Dave Pym was let go by the Calgary Roughnecks after his team went 12-4 in the regular season and lost in the first round.
Ironically, Pym was Cordingley's replacement when Cordingley left Calgary to take the job in Toronto.
John Lovell will now take over the head coaching position for the Rock after spending the last four years as an assistant to Cordingley. Lovell has 30 years of coaching experience in the lacrosse world, although this will be his first time running an NLL team.
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