(1954 – May 15, 2005) was a renowned lacrosse coach
. He led the Buffalo Bandits
to 3 of their 4 championships in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL), and won 4 more championships with the Toronto Rock
in the renamed National Lacrosse League
Bartley became the assistant coach of the Bandits in 1992. When the team started off the 1992 season
0-3, Bandits head coach Buff McCready was fired, and Bartley was given the job of head coach. He then led the team on a 22-game winning streak and MILL championships in 1992 and 1993. The streak included the entire 1993 season
, during which the Bandits were 8-0, the only undefeated season in NLL/MILL history. The streak came to an end on February 19, 1994.
Bartley's only losing season as a professional lacrosse coach came in the 1995 season
after going 3-5. In 1996
, he coached the Bandits to their third championship in the MILL. After the 1997 season
, Les left the Bandits after leading them to a 36-13 record in six seasons.
When the MILL became the NLL in 1998, the league added its first Canadian franchise
: the Ontario Raiders
, who played in Copps Coliseum
in Hamilton, Ontario
. Bartley, a native of nearby St. Catharines, Ontario
, helped get the new franchise off the ground. In 1999, the Ontario Raiders moved to Toronto and became the Toronto Rock
. Les coached the Rock to four championships in five years.
In November 2003, Les gave up his role of Coach and... Read More