New Burnaby bench boss

The Burnaby Lakers have announced former player Rory McDade will take over as head coach replacing Bob Johnston, who had led Burnaby into the Western Lacrosse Association playoffs for the first time since 2008 but had too many time commitments to continue.

Lakers general manager Paul Rowbotham said he was impressed with McDade when he coached the Surrey Stickmen in the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League and also helped out as an assistant with the Lakers.

“He did a good job, so it was kind of a natural progression,” said Rowbotham of McDade’s work with the Stickmen. “He was well-respected in the room. When he spoke the place went quiet, and that should carry over into the coaching.”

McDade, who played for the Lakers between 2003 and 2011, is still working on securing his assistants for the seasons.



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