Rock rolls on coach

MIKE KOREEN and RYAN WOLSTAT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

The Toronto Rock's search for Terry Sanderson's replacement might begin and end in its alumni box.

Glenn Clark, 36, who signed with the Philadelphia Wings in 2006 after winning five championships as a defender with Toronto, has emerged as a strong candidate to become the team's fourth coach.

The intense Sanderson, Toronto's general manager/coach the past 21/2 seasons, was fired yesterday after a first-round playoff exit in 2006.

Rock president Brad Watters said the team will hire a coach and a separate director of player personnel to replace Sanderson, who had two years left on a three-year deal, and added the new coach will be a "younger coach rather than one that has been around."

When asked about Clark, Watters said, "He might be a candidate. He should phone me if he's interested."

Clark, meanwhile, confirmed his interest in the job.

"It's flattering to be considered ... I'm taking it very seriously," he said.

A rumour making the rounds yesterday had Rock captain Jim Veltman, 40, retiring and taking the coaching job, but Veltman said will play next year.

Clark spent some time in Toronto acting as an assistant coach while injured. Candidates with good resumes are out there, including Arizona Sting assistant coach Bob McMahon, Buffalo Bandits assistant Troy Cordingley and Edmonton Rush GM/coach Paul Day, who is expected to return after signing a one-year deal last season.

Despite the Rock's flirt with mediocrity this season, the firing was a surprise, considering Sanderson won the championship last season, was 30-16 with Toronto and was rewarded with a three-year extension before winning one playoff game.

Sanderson, meanwhile, took the high road.

"For me, it was a thrill to coach the Toronto Rock for three years," he said. "I thank (the ownership group) for giving me the opportunity to do it."


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