Buffalo Bandits Bounce Kilgour; Could Cordingley Be Moving In?

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Buffalo Bandits Bounce Kilgour; Could Cordingley Be Moving In?
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The Buffalo Bandits announced this week that they have parted ways with long-time head coach Darris Kilgour.

Kilgour has been a fixture behind the Bandits' bench since 2003, coaching the team to a 103-73 record in that time, including three trips to the Champion's Cup and a win in 2008. He is the all-time leader in the league for regular season wins (121) and second in playoff wins with 12, behind Les Bartley.

In 2003, he won the Les Bartley Award as Coach of the Year in the NLL.

Prior to coaching the Bandits, Kilgour was also a player for them. He was the first player ever drafted by Buffalo, in the first round of the 1991 draft.

He spent eight of his 10 years in the NLL playing for Buffalo. During that time, he amassed 128 goals, 127 assists, 255 faceoff wins and 257 penalty minutes, all in the top 10 in Bandits history.

As a player he earned two Second Team All-Pro selections and a First Team All-Pro selection. After his retirement from playing, the Bandits retired his No. 43, making him the first player in NLL history to receive that honor.

Kilgour was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame in 2007. 

Things haven't been quite so rosy in more recent times.

In 2012 Buffalo limped into the postseason with a 7-9 record and were dispatched by the Toronto Rock in the first round. As a result, in the offseason general manager duties were taken from Kilgour and handed to Steve Dietrich.

2013 was even worse, with the Bandits going 1-7 in the second half of the season to wind up as the sole team missing the playoffs.

Consequently, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before the axe would fall.

The Bandits now find themselves in the market for a head coach for the first time in a long time. And as luck would have it, there's an excellent candidate looking for work right now. The Rock let go of Troy Cordingley on May 31, just a couple weeks after Cordingley was awarded his second Les Bartley Award.

Cordingley also has history with the Bandits. During his time playing for Buffalo, he collected 233 points, sixth most in Bandits history. Ironically, Kilgour holds the No. 5 spot on that list.

Bringing in a new coach with a connection to the team and a bunch of experience and success behind the bench makes good sense. If Dietrich can land Cordingley, he will have made a very good decision, giving the Bandits the best chance to turn things around in 2014.

 

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