VANCOUVER, B.C. – Beginning today and over the next five weekends, the Vancouver Warriors will come together for the first time since late April and begin to put together the foundation of their club for the 2022-23 season. While the team will look very familiar with returning veterans like Mitch Jones, Keegan Bal, Kyle Killen and Brett Mydske as well as sophomores Reid Bowering and Adam Charalambides, there will be a big change behind the bench with two-time NLL Coach of the Year Troy Cordingley picking up the whistle and taking over as Warriors Head Coach.
Cordingley has a championship pedigree, winning the NLL Cup with Toronto back in 2011 and posting a career record of 57-39 I the NLL. For Cordingley, getting another tap to become a NLL Head Coach, especially here in Vancouver, is a opportunity he just couldn’t pass up. “When the Vancouver job opened up, I wanted the Warriors to know that I had an interest in returning to coaching,” says Cordingley. “After meeting with Dan (GM Dan Richardson) and CSE ownership, it became clear to me that the fit was good and I dove right in.”
What will the players and the fans come to expect from Coach Cordingley?
In one word: ACCOUNTABILITY.
“We have been laying the groundwork with our players since I came on board about what our expectations are as a team, and what my expectations are as a coach in regards to our players,” continues Cordingley. “The players have been advised that they need to be in the best shape they’ve ever been in coming into camp so that we can give everyone a fair assessment and make the right choices about fielding our team. We will not be out-worked, and that will begin with the very first meeting, in the very first practice and into our season on our very first shift.”
“We will not be outworked,” Cordingley re-stated.
With a new coach behind the bench, key players returning, and the acquisition of talented forward Shawn Evans, the Warriors will get to work on making this season the best one yet since moving downtown back in 2018.
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