June 2, 2009

Cordingley Resigns After Winning NLL Title

from press release

The Calgary Roughnecks announced Tuesday that head coach Troy Cordingley has resigned from his role with the team.

According to Cordingley, the decision to leave the team was difficult, but ultimately it comes down to spending more time with his family.

"It was a very hard decision for me, but I have to focus on my family and do what is right for them," said Cordingley.

"I have four young children under nine at home. My family has bent over backwards for me the past few years, and now it's time for me to give back and direct my focus on them."

Cordingley, who led the Calgary Roughnecks to the 2009 NLL Champion's Cup in just his second season with the Riggers, coached the team to a franchise 12-4 regular season record and top seed throughout the playoffs.

Originally hired in the summer of 2007, the native of Oakville, Ontario, was also named the 2009 Les Bartley Award winner, which is presented to the National Lacrosse League's top head coach each season.

"We were hoping that Troy would be with us for many more years down the road, but we understand that family comes first," said Brad Banister, Roughnecks' President and General Manager.

"It's saddening because he was a big part of our team, and we're such a tight knit group, but we understand why Troy made the decision he did, and we will recover."

Prior to his time with Calgary, Cordingley served as assistant coach of the Buffalo Bandits.
Cordingley played professional lacrosse for nine years before taking his place behind the bench. The Grade 1 teacher was the Buffalo Bandits second round draft pick in the 1993 NLL Entry Draft and played a majority of his days in Buffalo. He won two championships with the Bandits in 1993 and 1996.
During his NLL career, Cordingley notched 143 goals and 345 helpers in 96 games.

"I am at a loss of words and this has been a very emotional day for me as I don't want to let anyone down."

"I have two families, one at home and one with the Roughnecks and that's why this decision has been so hard to make."

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