New Buffalo Bandits' coach Troy Cordingley has brought back the two top assistant coaches from last season's squad. Rich Kilgour and Dan Teat will return to the team's coaching staff.
Kilgour has been with the Bandits for almost all of their history. He joined the team in its first year in 1992, and stayed through 2009. Kilgour is in the National Lacrosse League's Hall of Fame, and his uniform number (16) was retired by the team. He has been an assistant coach for the past three seasons.
Teat has been an assistant coach for the previous two seasons. He played 14 seasons in the NLL, including five with the Bandits (2004-2008). Teat scored 630 points in 195 NLL games in an outstanding career.
Both Kilgour and Teat were said to be finalists for the job as head coach with the Bandits this summer, so this move obviously met the approval of general manager Steve Dietrich.
Rusty Kruger will be back as an assistant coach, mostly serving as an Eastern scout.
The Bandits also have hired Dave Pym as an assistant coach, Western scout and video coordinator. He had tweeted earlier this month that he'd be joining the team. Pym is a former coach of the Calgary Roughnecks who worked last season as a Western scout for the Toronto Rock.
Steve Toll and Rob Buchan complete the staff. Toll - who played for five NLL teams - also will be an assistant coach and Eastern scout, while Rob Buchan will work as a Western scout.--- Budd Bailey