Victoria Native Gary Gait to Serve as Assistant Coach
October 26, 2012, OTTAWA, ON – Another step towards the Men’s Field World Championship in Denver has been completed as head coach Randy Mearns and the Canadian Lacrosse Association announced this week the selection of the 2014 Men’s Field Team Canada coach and support staff.
Joining head coach Mearns and team manager Steven Govett on the sidelines will be:
Sean Ferris (Burlington, ON) – Video Coach
Current assistant coach for the Colorado Mammoth, Sean brings with him an extensive coaching career in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) that spans over eight years. A former box and field lacrosse player himself, Sean’s knowledge of the game will be a true asset to the coaching staff and team.
Eddie Comeau (Stoney Creek, ON) – Scout
A five-time Team Canada staff member, most recently as head coach for the 2011 World Champions Men’s Indoor Team, Eddie will no doubt be a huge asset to the team. With a masters degree in sport coaching, level three NCCP certification and course conductor, Eddie is a natural-born leader. He was head coach and general manager for two seasons with the NLL’s Orlando Titans, where he was selected as GM of the Year in 2009.
Jeff Gombar (Port Coquitlam, BC) – Assistant Coach
As B.C. Lacrosse Association’s Marketing Director, Jeff’s passion for the game is apparent. A long-time advocate and supporter of the game, Jeff is a long-time member of Team Canada, last taking on the role as bench coach of the 2010 silver medal Men’s Field Team Canada in Manchester, England. Jeff has represented Canada on seven different occasions, three times as a player and four times as a member of the coaching staff.
Gary Gait (Fayetteville, NY) – Assistant Coach – Defence
Gary has extensive experience in coaching and playing at the international level having participated in the 1990, 1994, 1998, and 2006 World Championships as a player, and in 2003 and 2008 as a coach of the U-19 Men’s Field. He is currently the head coach of Syracuse University’s women’s field team, where he has won the honour of “Big East Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year” for the past two seasons (2011 and 2012).
Matt Brown (Denver, CO) – Assistant Coach – Offense
Fresh off his term as offensive coordinator the for 2012 U-19 Men’s Field Team Canada, Matt steps right back on board as Assistant Coach – Offense. As the current Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the University of Denver, and a player for the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, Matt will bring help the Canadian squad take back a bit of Team USA’s home field advantage.
Terry Rayner (Oshawa, ON) – Equipment Manager
All of Team Canada’s equipment will be well taken care of as Terry returns to his 2010 Team Canada position. In addition to his 2010 role, Terry’s previous Team Canada experience includes that of team manager and team therapist for the Under-19 Women’s Field team. He is currently the registered massage therapist for NLL’s Toronto Rock and a police officer for the Region of Durham (ON).
Stephen Lobsinger (Guelph, ON) – Athletic Therapist
An experienced therapist and trainer with his National Athletic Trainers certification, Stephen will bring his expertise back to Team Canada once again. Previously the head therapist for two Team Canada’s (2010 Manchester – field; 2011 Praque – indoor), Stephen is currently head athletic therapist with the NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks and the Toronto Nationals of the MLL. Through his previous experiences with Team Canada he has learned that success at the national level requires a great deal of planning, preparation and logistical management – all of which are a priority for Stephen as he will work to ensure a smooth and efficient management of acute injury management and preventative maintenance to ensure that everyone is at their best.
CLA’s VP of International Competition, Stewart Begg spoke of the selections made stating “we are confident that coach Mearns and the entire 2014 staff are the best of the best. We are fortunate to have such depth in our country. The CLA congratulates each of the above in their appointments. This group represents a rich history in excellent coaches in Canada who bring with them much experience, success and passion for the sport and national team program. We look forward to the continued preparation of Canada’s best Men’s Field team.”
With the coaching and support staff now set, the next step for the CLA and the 2014 Team Canada staff is to fill the roster with the best Canadian players.
In a prelude to 2014, a Team Canada squad flew to Denver in early September to take on Team USA in what was dubbed the ‘Duel in Denver’. Though not the final squad who will represent Canada at the 2014 World Championship, Team Canada came out on top defeating Team USA 11-9. “It was a beautiful night in a terrific venue and a strong step in the right direction for our 2014 effort,” said National Team Chair Dave Huntley. “It was classy, gritty effort by a group of Canadians honoring the legacy of Chris Sanderson,” continued Huntley.
With the win in the ‘Duel’ fresh in their minds and 2014 on the horizon, Team Canada looks to improve on the 2010 World Championship silver medal as they battle for the gold in 2014. Player applications for the 2014 Men’s Field team are not yet being accepted. Once the player application period starts, they will be posted on the CLA website, www.lacrosse.ca.
The 2014 FIL Men’s World Championship will be held in Denver, Colorado at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park July 10-19, 2014. More than 40 countries and nearly 1,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 2014 championship.
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