Steve Dietrich will be embarking on his seventh season as general manager for the Buffalo Bandits after a career in professional lacrosse that has included a Hall-of-Fame nod and a full complement of coaching and front office positions.
The four-time All-Pro selection was named the NLL’s GM of the Year after a 2016 campaign that saw the Bandits win the East Division and reach the Champion’s Cup Finals for the first time since 2008. He became the second general manager to win the award for Buffalo, after Kurt Silcott was given the honor in 2003.
Dietrich joined the Bandits in 2012 after spending two seasons as an assistant coach for the Toronto Rock. He also spent five seasons as general manager for the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks of Major Series Lacrosse prior to coming to Buffalo.
Dietrich played 18 seasons in the NLL, with stops in Baltimore (1992), Detroit (1994), Rochester (1995-2001), Buffalo (2002-2007), Calgary (2008), Edmonton (2009) and Toronto (2009-2010). He won a league championship in 1997 with Rochester, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship game after the 15-12 win over Buffalo.
In 2006 he won the League’s Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the first – and to this date, the only – goaltender to ever win the award. He had one of the best statistical individual seasons for a goaltender in league history that year, posting a save percentage of .808 and a goals against average of 9.97, leading Buffalo to the Champions Cup Finals. Dietrich became the first person to win the Goaltender of the Year Award in back-to-back seasons when he earned the honors in 2005 and 2006. He notched a career record of 60-47, while making 5,531 career saves and playing more than 8,300 minutes throughout his 18 seasons. His accomplishments in Buffalo earned him a spot on the Bandits All-Time Team as part of the franchise’s 25th anniversary celebration.
In addition to his work with the Bandits and NLL, Dietrich is the general manager of the Six Nations Chiefs of Major Series Lacrosse.
Dietrich was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame in 2012.