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 was named the NLL's General Manager of the year for the second time at the conclusion of the 2019 season after helping to build a Bandits team that advanced to the NLL Finals for the first time since 2016. The team's six-win improvement from the 2017-18 to 2019-20 season was the best season-to-season improvement in franchise history.
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.
Prior to assuming his new role, Cordingley spent five years as the head coach of the Bandits. During his tenure with the team, Cordingley led the Bandits to three straight playoff appearances (2014-2016), including a berth to the 2016 Champions Cup Finals. During the 2016 season, Cordingley was named a finalist for the Les Bartley Head Coach of the Year Award after guiding Buffalo to a 13-5 record.
Cordingley joined the Bandits after serving as head coach of the Toronto Rock for four seasons. Under his guidance, the Rock won the East Division twice (2012, 2013) and reached the Champions Cup Finals twice (2010, 2011), winning the title in 2011. In his last season with the Rock, Cordingley guided the team to a league-best 10-6 record, earning his second Les Bartley Award.
The Oakville, Ontario native began his head coaching career in Calgary in 2008 after first serving as an assistant coach for the Bandits. In 2009, Cordingley was named the NLL’s Head Coach of the Year after guiding the Roughnecks to their second Champions Cup title.
Prior to becoming a coach, Cordingley played nine seasons of professional lacrosse from 1993 to 2001, spending his first seven with the Bandits. He won two championships with the club and currently ranks in the top 10 in Bandits history in goals (ninth - 96) assists (seventh - 137) and points (eighth - 233).
From 2004 to 2008, Loffler worked for the Buffalo Sabres in various capacities within the sales department and ticket office. Most notably, he was instrumental in carrying on the Sabres’ youth hockey programs from 2005 to 2008. In addition, Loffler served as an account executive, handling group, mini-pack, and season ticket sales for both the Sabres and Bandits. Prior to working for the Sabres, he also worked for the Buffalo Bills in their ticket office during the 2003 season.
Born and raised in Ogdensburg, N.Y., Loffler is a 2003 graduate of Ithaca College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. He went on to obtain his Master of Science in Sports Administration from Canisius College in 2005. Loffler also serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
After being acquired from the Detroit Turbos prior to the 1992 season, Tavares played in Buffalo for the next 24 years, and eventually concluded his career as the NLL’s all-time leader in games played (306), goals (815), assists (934) and points (1,749), and finished second in league history in loose ball recoveries (2,169). He was named to the NLL All-Pro team a record 19 times and appeared in 10 All-Star Games, tied for the most by any player. He also won the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 1994, 2000 and 2001.
The native of Mississauga, Ontario served as an alternate captain for the Bandits for 18 seasons before being named captain prior to the 2013 season. He led the team in scoring in 17 of his 24 seasons with the franchise, including 10 consecutive seasons from 1999 to 2008. While he was a player, he served as the team’s representative to the Professional Lacrosse Players’ Association.
Tavares was a part of four Bandits championship teams (1992, 1993, 1996 and 2008), and tops the NLL’s all-time playoff list in games played (38), goals (84), assists (116) and points (200). As part of the 25th anniversary celebration, Tavares was also named to the All-Time Bandits Team.
On September 27, 2016 he was enshrined in the NLL Hall of Fame, and on March 11, 2016 his number 11 jersey was retired to the rafters of KeyBank Center. He was also elected to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame on November 4, 2015 as a part of the 25th anniversary class.
Tavares is also an assistant coach for Major Series Lacrosse’s Six Nations Chiefs.
|EVP & General Counsel, PSE||Gregg Brandon|
|EVP of Creative Services, PSE||Frank Cravotta|
|EVP of Media & Content, PSE||Mark Preisler|
|EVP, PSE||Ron Raccuia|
|Vice President Legal Affairs/Govenor||David Zygaj|
|Ticket & Merchandise Services|
|Director of Ticket Operations||Marty Maloney|
|Merchandise Director||Mike Kaminska|
|Vice President of Arena Operations||Stan Makowski|
|Director of Game Presentation||Kelsey Schneider|
|Game Presentation||Kelsey Giordano|
|Public Address Announcer||Chris Swenson|
|Communications/Social Media & Marketing|
|Senior Social Media Editor||Kelsey Sweet|
|Senior Marketing Manager||Cara Murphy|
|Manager of Digital Content & Strategy||Chris Ryndak|
|Media Relations Assistant||Lindsey Brown|
|Digital Marketing Coordinator||Colin Greenway|
|Chief Photographer||Bill Wippert|
|Sideline Reporter||Dave Buchanan|
|Radio – Color||Randy Mearns|
|Radio – Color||Steve Bermel|
|Radio Play-by-Play||John Gurtler|
|Team Chiropractor||Dr. Jon Beck|
|Team Doctor||Dr. Heidi Suffoletto|
|Team Doctor||Dr. Michael Jordan|
|Team Doctor||Dr. Michael Rauh|
|Mental Performance Coach/Team Counselor||Dr. Chris Siuta|
|Team Dentist||Dr. Kevin Nowicki|
|Massage Therapist||Matt Meyer|