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Bandits opt against co-coaches; John Tavares to lead team

The Buffalo Bandits will have only one head coach this season, announcing that John Tavares will return for his second season.

Rich Kilgour, who served as co-coach last season, did not have his contract renewed, the Bandits said in a news release.

Tavares and Kilgour shared the Les Bartley Award as the top coach in the National Lacrosse League last season. The Bandits finished 14-4 in the regular season and reaching the National Lacrosse League finals.

Steve Dietrich, who was named the NLL's General Manager of the Year, returns as GM and will add duties as an assistant coach overseeing the defense. Rusty Kruger returns as an assistant and will handle the offense.

Former Bandits goaltender Anthony Cosmo is back for his second season as the goaltending coach after helping Matt Vinc to his seventh career NLL Goaltender of the Year award.

Former Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley returns for his second season as assistant general manager.

Eric Vinc is back as video coach and Rob Buchan is back as the team's western scout.

Also, forward Jerome Thompson has signed a one-year deal, pending league approval. He spent the 2011 and '12 seasons with the Bandits. He had three goals and nine assists in nine regular season games with the Georgia Swarm last season.

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