Coach Rhodes Steps Down

by Trevor McManus

Langley, BC (August 11, 2017) The Langley Thunder have announced that Darcy Rhodes has stepped down as the team’s Head Coach.

“We would like to thank Darcy for the time he spent behind the bench and wish him and his wife the absolute best of luck as they start their new life in the Okanagan Valley,” said General Manager Rob Buchan. “Darcy is a good friend and has been a leader on the floor and off for 18 years. His patience, calm demeanor along with his always positive outlook will be greatly missed in the room and on the bench. It was important for Darcy as well as the management that he stayed on in some capacity with the organization. We are proud to announce that he will oversee scouting in the Interior of BC for our Jr A club, as well as scout and identify potential Interior and American born players for the WLA club.”

Rhodes spent 18-years with the Thunder organization including a 12-year playing career and six years as the Assistant Coach and most recently as Head Coach.

“I'd like to think the Thunder organization and the Buchan family for the 18 years of support within the organization as a player and as a coach,” said Rhodes. “It is easy to say that my career with Langley was highlighted by two Mann Cup runs and last year coaching the new wave of Thunder lacrosse players. I would also like to thank Andy Ogilve, Craig Stevenson and Les Wingrove for all the work they put in and helping me grow as a coach. I am excited to start a new chapter in my life and will always consider myself part of the Thunder family and I am looking forward to my new role with the team and am excited to contribute in any way I can.”

The Thunder currently have the 1st, 5th, 7th, and 8th overall draft picks in the first round of the 2018 WLA Draft.

“With Darcy stepping down the search for a new Head Coach begins now, we are committed to finding the best available candidate to lead our club and we are excited about the future,” said Buchan. “There is lots of work to be done this offseason, with four of the first eight draft picks this year, it is important that we get someone in place so they can evaluate the current team and contribute to any moves made in the offseason.”

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For More Information:
Trevor McManus, Langley Events Centre, C: 778.881.6367,  
Rob Buchan, General Manager - Langley Thunder.