News | 11/1/2011 4:10:15 PM | Bandits.com
NEWCOMER TEAT JOINS TEAM AS OFFENSIVE COACH
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced the team’s coaching staff for the 2012 National Lacrosse League season.
General Manager Darris Kilgour, the winningest coach in NLL history, is entering his tenth season as head coach of the Bandits. The Niagara Falls, NY native was a two-time All-American lacrosse player at Niagara Wheatfield High School and was Buffalo’s first draft pick in team history in 1991. A three-time All-Pro, Kilgour helped the Bandits win three championships in 1992, 1993 and 1996, and coached Buffalo to another title in 2008. He led Buffalo to an East Division regular season championship with a 10-6 record in 2011.
Derek Graham begins his third season as Buffalo’s associate general manager, serving as a liaison between the team, the NLL office and other general managers across the league. He served as an assistant coach with the Bandits for two years before becoming associate GM. Graham has previously worked with the Hamilton Bengals Jr. “B” Lacrosse Club, the Six Nations Chiefs and the St. Catharines Major Athletics Lacrosse Club. Most recently, he coached the Kahanwake Mohawks Sr. “B” team this past summer.
Assistant Coach Rich Kilgour will join his brother Darris on the coaching staff for a second straight season. Buffalo’s defensive coach played his entire 18-year career with the Bandits and served as the team’s captain from 1998-2009. The Kilgour brothers are both members of the NLL Hall of Fame and were the first lacrosse players to be inducted into the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
Dan Teat joins the Bandits as an assistant coach for the 2012 season. The Brampton, ON native and 14-year NLL veteran forward played five seasons with Buffalo from 2004-2008. The 39-year-old offensive coach scored 630 points (298+332) in 195 NLL games before retiring in 2010. Teat won the storied Mann Cup championship over the summer as an assistant coach with the Brampton Excelsiors of Major Series Lacrosse.
Ron Henry embarks upon his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Bandits. With coaching experience dating back to 1993, Henry will again serve as a scout with the team. Henry also coaches with the Iroquois Nationals indoor team, who recently won the silver medal at the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships and the 2011 Bowhunter Cup over Team USA.
Buffalo’s Video Coach Chuck Brown is returning for a fifth season as an assistant coach and scout with the team. Brown was a scout with the Bandits in 1997 and worked in the same capacity with the Washington Power from 2001 to 2002 under the direction of Darris Kilgour.