Former Bandit grabs reins

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

Troy Cordingley's most-vivid memory of the Saddledome came in May 2004 and it wasn't pleasant.

As an assistant coach with the Buffalo Bandits, Cordingley watched the Calgary Roughnecks hoist the Champion's Cup after beating his team 14-11.

After being named the Riggers new head coach yesterday, Cordingley wants to recapture that excitement at the 'Dome and this time, he could enjoy it.

"The crowd in that game was incredibly loud," Cordingley said yesterday. "During a timeout, I was trying to set some things up and the guys could barely hear me.

"This team's goal when I'm there is to win the championship again. There's no reason to put time and effort into this except to win it all."

Cordingley was named the fourth coach in Roughnecks history yesterday, replacing interim coach Jeff Dowling, who took over mid-season from Chris Hall.

The 40-year-old Cordingley brings a wealth of NLL experience, having played 96 games with Buffalo, Albany and Rochester before retiring in 2001.

His career numbers -- 345 points, including 143 goals -- reflect his offensive skills but Roughnecks general manager Kurt Silcott believes Cordingley can run both ends of the floor.

"He's a real versatile guy," Silcott said. "He knows the game well but is so passionate about the game and is so into it that it will rub off on the players."

As a Grade 1 teacher in Port Credit, Ont., Cordingley knows how to shape young minds but he is also GM and head coach of the Brampton Excelsior in the senior-A Ontario Lacrosse Association.

Because of his senior experience, he has knowledge of several Roughnecks players, including forward Jeff Shattler, who plays for Brampton.

He believes Calgary is close to becoming a championship contender again.

"The team has the pieces there and with a little bit of tweaking, they could go a lot further than the past few seasons," he said.

"I expect the players to have as much passion as I do. I like to think technically I'm OK. The biggest thing is I want guys to come and play harder for the crest on the front than the name on the back.

"That's basically my philosophy in everything we do."


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