April 30, 2013

Cordingley, Locker Win Coach, GM Year-End Awards

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The National Lacrosse League has announced that Troy Cordingley from the Toronto Rock has won the Les Bartley Award as the Head Coach of the Year for the 2013 NLL season.

Cordingley coached the Rock to a league-best 10-6 record this year, securing the NLL regular season title for Toronto. He becomes the first head coach in franchise history to win the Les Bartley Award.

"This is a real honor," Cordingley said. "To be recognized with an award that is named after the great Les Bartley leaves me speechless. Les meant so much to this game and to our league. I had the chance to play for him in Buffalo and he had a strong influence on me as a person and as a coach."

With a veteran roster on a franchise with a storied winning tradition, there were high expectations for both coaches and players to live up to entering the season.

"Our coaching staff puts in a lot of time year round and this award is a reflection of their commitment and hard work as we strive to reach the goals we set for this team," Cordingley said. "Terry Sanderson, John Lovell, Matt Sawyer, Pat Campbell, Phil Sanderson and Dave Pym all share in this award as it takes an entire coaching staff working together to be successful."

Cordingley played nine seasons in the league, winning two titles with the Buffalo Bandits in 1993 and 1996, before retiring as a player in 2001. He won the Bartley Award with the Calgary Roughnecks in 2009, the same year that he won his first NLL championship as head coach.

After taking over for the Rock in 2010 and helping them reach the title game in his first season, Cordingley led Toronto to a Champion's Cup win at home in the 2011 NLL Championship Game.

Edmonton Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan was the runner-up for the award while Washington Stealth head coach Chris Hall finished third in the voting.

The Head Coach of the Year Award is named in honor of the late Les Bartley, whose contribution to his teams, to the NLL, and to the game of lacrosse is immeasurable. Bartley, who lost his battle with cancer in May of 2005, left behind a coaching legacy. He won seven championship rings in his 12-year coaching career and tallied an astonishing 93-38 (.710) regular season record behind the bench.

The announcement of 2013 NLL Season Awards continues Wednesday with both the Defensive Player of the Year Award and Transition Player of the Year Award. The 2013 NLL Season Awards are determined by a vote of the league's Board of Governors, General Managers and Head Coaches.

Washington's Locker Named Best GM

The National Lacrosse League has announced that Doug Locker of the Washington Stealth has won the General Manager of the Year award for the 2013 NLL season.

Locker, currently in his 10th year with the franchise and fourth season as general manager, helped guide the Stealth to second place in the West Division with a 9-7 record during the regular season. It marked an impressive turnaround from the 2012 campaign that saw Washington miss the playoffs with a 4-12 record.

"This award, which I'm very humbled by, does not come without the support of great ownership, an outstanding coaching staff, and a group of players who perform week in and week out," Locker said.

Despite not having a first-round selection in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, Locker added several rookies in the later rounds who played key roles alongside the team's returning core to vastly improve upon last year's performance.

"Credit not only to our young players who all stepped up but also to the veterans who supported the changes that were made," Locker added.

Locker manages all of the Stealth's lacrosse operations duties by coordinating scouting and draft preparation, contract negotiations, player transactions, coaching staff management and team travel. He also serves as the team's Vice President and Alternate Governor and is the chairman of the NLL's Competition Committee.

Under Locker's direction, Washington won the 2010 NLL Championship at home and reached the title game again in 2011. This weekend, the Stealth seek their third West Division Final postseason win in the last four years when they visit the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday, May 4.

Edmonton Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan was the runner-up for the award while Toronto Rock general manager and assistant coach Terry Sanderson finished third in the voting.

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