It’s not so much a coaching change as it is a transition, say the Burnaby Lakers. No matter how you phrase it, though, Bob Johnston is out as coach and Rory McDade is in. Johnston told the Royal City Record that he would have liked another season to coach the team he led to a 9-7-2 record last summer and a first-round playoff exit. But general manager Paul Rowbotham said the new direction of the game called for a new coach. “I think (Johnston) was ready to move upstairs. Twice we made the playoffs. I thought it was just time,” Rowbotham told the Royal City Record. “We looked at it. Rory was ready to coach. It is more of a transition.” McDade has been a player/assistant coach for the Lakers and has spent his entire playing career with the Lakers. “The game is changing,” said Rowbotham. “I think of it as a change, and after three years, I think (Johnston) pushed them as far as he could push them.” The WLA draft is Feb. 4 and the Lakers open their WLA season at home on May 17.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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