Bandits Announce Tavares and Kilgour as Co-head Coaches

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On Thursday morning the Buffalo Bandits announced a few coaching staff and front office changes. These changes that Buffalo has made is interesting to say the least. The Bandits will have co-head coaches next season as John Tavares and Rich Kilgour have been hired as head coaches. 

This is a very interesting move as you don't often see co-head coaches in sports very often, let alone professional sports. The dynamic will be one to watch this season for sure. Both Tavares and Kilgour have a ton of lacrosse experience and many of that has come with the Bandits organization as players and coaches. That alone may limit any worry fans had about this new head coaching system that the Bandits are using this season. 

Former head coach Rusty Kruger will transition into the role of assistant coach. Troy Cordingley will move into the position of assistant general manager and director of scouting. 

Both Tavares and Kilgour are NLL and Buffalo Bandit legends as they both have their numbers retired and are members of the NLL and Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. 

Tavares led the Bandits for 24 years as a player before retiring in 2015. He still holds multiple franchise records including all-time goals, points, assist, and games played. Upon retiring in 2015 Tavares has moved behind the bench where he has been an assistant coach with the Bandits for the past three seasons. 

Kilgour was a star studded defensemen for the 18 years in Buffalo. He would be named captain for 12 of those 18 seasons. Kilgour retired in 2009 as he finished his career with 317 points total. Upon retiring Kilgour started coaching as he has been an assistant for the Bandits for 8 years. He has also been a head coach in the MSL and at Niagara County Community College from 2009-2014.