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.
During his tenure with the Bandits, the team has enjoyed great success, qualifying for the postseason nine times in 12 seasons, including five division titles and three trips to the NLL Finals. Off the field, Buffalo has led the NLL in attendance eight times and has never finished below 2nd since Loffler joined the organization in 2009. As well, he was the driving force behind the implementation of Tucker Out Lymphoma Night, the Buffalo Bandits School Program, the Jr. Bandits Box Lacrosse League and travel teams, the Buffalo Bandits Wheelchair Lacrosse Team and the Upstate Collegiate Box Lacrosse League. A finalist for the NLL Executive of the Year Award in both 2015 and 2016, Loffler was also a recipient of Native American Community Service’s “Bundled Arrows Award” in 2014.
Born and raised in Ogdensburg, N.Y., Loffler is a 2003 graduate of Ithaca College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management and followed that up with a Master's degree in Sports Administration from Canisius College in 2005. He and his wife, Amanda, reside in Plymouth, MI with their six-year old son, Harry, newborn daughter, Helen, and their golden doodle, Fred.
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.
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Ticket & Merchandise Service
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|Director of Ticket Operations||Marty Maloney|
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|Vice President of Arena Operations||Stan Makowski|
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|Director of Media & Content||Jami Cohen|
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|Chief Photographer||Bill Wippert|
|Sideline Reporter||Dave Buchanan|
|Radio – Color||Randy Mearns|
|Radio – Color||Steve Bermel|
|Radio Play-by-Play||John Gurtler|
|Medical Director and Head Orthopedic Surgeon||Micahel Rauh, MD|
|Team Orthopedic Surgeon||Geoffrey Bernas, MD|
|Team Orthopedic Surgeon||Benjamin Levy, MD|
|Head Team Medical Doctor||Michael Jordan, MD|
|Team Medical Doctor and Director of Emergency Medicine||Heidi Suffoletto, MD, FACEP|
|Team Chiropractor||Jon Beck, DC|