The great season for Maple Ridge Burrards rookie head coach Rob Williams continues.
The Western Lacrosse Association coach of the year, who guided the Burrards to their first Mann Cup since moving to Maple Ridge, is turning pro.
The Calgary Roughnecks of the NLL recently announced hiring Williams as assistant coach. Williams joins head coach and assistant general manager Curt Malawsky and assistant coach Bob McMahon to form the coaching staff for the 2017 National Lacrosse League season.
Malawsky is a Maple Ridge resident who was in the stands at Cam Neely Arena during the playoffs to see the Burrards in action.
“Rob has played at the highest levels in lacrosse, including the NLL, WLA and national field program,” said Malawsky.
“He has a good mind for the game, a very strong character, and is a fierce competitor. Rob is known for having a great rapport with his players. He is the kind of coach players will run through the wall for and will be an outstanding addition to the Roughnecks organization.
“Rob brings tremendous experience, knowledge and passion to the team,” said general manager Mike Board. “We are excited to add Rob’s coaching and playing pedigree to the organization. He will make a terrific complement to Curt Malawsky and the coaching staff.”
Williams, 44, brings 11 years of coaching experience to the Roughnecks as both a head coach (2016) and an assistant coach (2006-15) of the Burrards of the Western Lacrosse Association.
“I appreciate this great opportunity and look forward to working with the Roughnecks,” said Williams.
“I am excited to work with such a great coaching and management staff as well as a successful team and will work hard to help bring Calgary, with some of the greatest fans in the NLL, another championship.”
Prior to stepping behind the bench, Williams patrolled the defensive zone for nine NLL seasons with five different teams.