Former Roughneck, Bruce Codd, returns in a new role.
For Bruce Codd, things have come full-circle in his lacrosse career. Codd will return to the Roughnecks for the 2013 lacrosse season, only this time he will be suiting up in a shirt and tie.
“I was flabbergasted when I received the news,” said Codd upon being named assistant coach. “It’s a very exciting opportunity, I certainly enjoyed my time with the Roughnecks and anticipate the same feeling when I return.”
Many fans will fondly remember Codd’s four seasons with the Roughnecks from 2008-2011. The tenacious 5’8 defenceman has tangled with the best in the league since 2000, beginning his NLL career with the Albany Attack.
"As a player Bruce was a fierce competitor who is respected around the league,” said Roughnecks General Manager, Mike Board. “As a coach he will bring those same traits to the table.”
The tough decision to retire from his 13-year playing career has been made easier with this unique opportunity.
“I certainly think I would have been in a tough spot to come back and play this year,” admitted Codd. “I didn’t have the best season last year and the league has gotten younger and faster. I’m unfortunately not getting either one of those things.”
With Curt Malawsky taking on the new role of head coach after spending three seasons as associate coach/offensive coordinator, there will now be two former Riggers behind the bench.
“When Curt accepted the head coaching position we discussed and reviewed a lot of candidates,” detailed Board on the process of filling the vacant coaching position. “There are a lot of very good coaches out there. We felt Bruce's connections to the Roughnecks and Alberta plus his knowledge of our systems and philosophies made this a great fit.”
The coaching chemistry may also be bolstered by the fact that Malawsky and Codd played three and a half seasons together and were roommates on the road.
“Once you have played with a certain system, as well as with the players, he will know how a guy like Mike Carnegie thinks,” explained Malawsky based on his own personal experience. “He has an intimate knowledge of each player, which will minimize the learning curve.”
With a wealth of coaching experience in junior lacrosse, Codd will be well equipped to step up to the task. Codd spent three seasons as head coach for the Okotoks Raiders, including an undefeated 2011 regular season.
It is also interesting to note Codd has already coached four current Roughnecks players (Greg Harnett, John Harnett, Mike Poulin and Daryl Veltman) during his time as an assistant coach for the Orangeville Northmen.
“Junior lacrosse is a very fast league and the NLL is another step up from that,” added Codd. “Looking at the Roughnecks roster, it is a fairly young team and I think that’s something I am used to working with.”
For some, the shift from player to coach could be difficult, however Malawsky has no doubt that Codd will have confidence in his new role.
“Bruce has that personality, and more so he has the respect of the players. It all comes down to respect and every guy in the locker room would stand up for Bruce because he has already stood up for them on the floor. His transition will be seamless.”
Though specific coaching roles have yet to be defined, Codd’s specialty comes on the defensive side.
Over his NLL career, Codd has played in 202 games, tallied 157 points, collected 1086 loose balls and helped the Roughnecks capture the Champion’s Cup in 2009.
Head Coach Malawsky says it best, “Bruce has the passion, drive and that fuel to win.”
If his playing career is any indication, Codd has a promising coaching career in store.