Riggers assistant coach quits

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

The Rock have put the Calgary Roughnecks in a hard place.

Just eight days after Riggers bench boss Troy Cordingley resigned his post with the reigning National Lacrosse League champs, assistant coach Terry Sanderson has quit, too.

It's expected the Ontario-based lacrosse minds will be reunited with the Toronto Rock, who have a vacancy for a head coach (Cordingley) and general manager (Sanderson).

"It's going to be a huge loss to the organization losing those two guys," said Riggers owner/GM Brad Banister.

"Troy and Terry were a great tandem. They did a great job and we're happy for what they did and learned a lot from what they brought to us, but the truth of the matter is we really can't compete salary-wise with cities that are in their market. The money we spend on travel is what other teams can offer them."

Cordingley resigned as head coach last Tuesday, citing the desire to spend more time at home in Oakville, Ont., with his wife and four young children.

Sanderson, who calls Orangeville, Ont., home, was offered the Roughnecks' top job after Cordingley quit but has also opted to look for a position further east. Banister said he is "quite certain" both will be earning their cheques at Toronto's Air Canada Centre next season.

The Rock have not made any official announcement, and Sanderson did not return calls seeking comment last night.

Yesterday's announcement Sanderson will not return to the Stampede City leaves the Roughnecks searching for at least two new coaches. Sanderson spent the last two seasons as the brains behind the Riggers' pressure defence, a big reason the squad set a franchise-record with a 12-4 mark and captured their second Champion's Cup title.

Banister said yesterday he already has a shortlist of potential coaching candidates.

Banister insisted Sanderson's resignation will have no impact on the status of his son, Roughnecks star forward Josh Sanderson, who was acquired in a trade with the Rock during the 2008 season and was the Riggers' leading point-collector last year and MVP of the Champions' Cup final.

"Josh will be back in Calgary," Banister said.

"He doesn't follow his dad around, never has. It was just coincidental they ended up on the same team."


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