December 9, 2013, OTTAWA, ON (ISN) – The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and Team Canada Lacrosse announce today the selection of Scott Teeter as the Head Coach for the 2015 Under-19 Women’s Field National team.
Teeter, a resident of Orchard Park, N.Y. and current head coach of the Canisius College’s women’s lacrosse team, will return as head coach for the U-19 Women’s Field Team Canada for a second time. As head coach of the 2011 U-19 national team he led the squad at the World Championship in Hanover, Germany to a bronze-medal showing; Team Canada’s best finish in U-19 Women’s Field championship history.
“It is more than an honour to be selected as Team Canada’s U-19 Head Coach and I am very proud to be representing my home country once again and would like to thank Dean, Gary, Stew and the CLA for the opportunity,” commented Teeter on the appointment as head coach. “We are looking to improve on our finish from the last World Championship and to bring Canada to the top of the game. I look forward to working with the rest of the coaches, the management team and the Canadian Lacrosse Association as we assemble a team that will represent Canada in Scotland.”
Teeter knows a little something about creating a winning environment – he has completely turned the fortunes of the Canisius College women’s lacrosse team since taking the reins of what was one of the NCAA’s weakest programs. Now in his 12th season as Golden Griffin head coach, Teeter has guided Canisius from a team that averaged fewer than two wins per season to three-straight MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – NCAA Division I) titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013 – a first in the conference’s history.
Prior to his successful tenure at Canisius, Teeter served as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Buffalo State College in 2002, where he helped guide the program to its best-ever finish at 5-6. Prior to his work at Buffalo State, he served as a student-assistant coach and team manager for the Canisius women’s lacrosse team for four years.
Teeter was a four-year letterwinner for the Canisius College hockey team, graduating from the school in 2002 with a degree in physical education then completing his master’s degree in physical education with a concentration in sport psychology and coaching from Canisius in 2004. His lacrosse background started in Canada where he played field lacrosse for his high school in Shelburne, ON, while also playing box lacrosse for the Orangeville Northmen.
Last year Team Canada Lacrosse experienced success at the Senior Women’s level as Team Canada defeated Australia twice (a first for Team Canada on the international stage) for the chance to compete for gold. “The 2013 Senior Women’s team showed the international lacrosse world that Canada can and is producing very talented female lacrosse athletes,” Dean French, CLA National Team Chair stated. “We believe Scott will keep that momentum going as he and his to-be-named coaching staff will look to build off that success, showing the world that Canada has come to compete.”
“Many of the athletes who make the 2015 team will one day make up the core of our senior women’s national team” said CLA Women’s Field National Team Director Gary Gait. “Scott is a great leader with international experience, who I know will not only lead the team to success but will guide each member of the team to be great future leaders, who will give back to the sport and help grow the game across the country.”
“With every appointment of a head coach for Team Canada, we are looking for more than just someone with the best record – the CLA values – our HEART – drives us to select a coach who will lead a team to represent Canadian lacrosse with class and humility, on and off the field,” said Stewart Begg, VP of International Competition for the CLA.
“Scott is a great coach with a proven past of great leadership. Our National Team Program focus is not only on the present but the future of our sport and our international presence. The selection of a coach who works within that vision and works to instill positive habits that will help players achieve our team objectives but also prepare players for success beyond the tournament as they pursue their respective lacrosse careers – hopefully lacrosse careers in future national team programs whether it be as a player, coach, manager or ambassador – is a crucial attribute and one we believe Scott has.”
The objective of the CLA and Team Canada is to find the best young players to carry through this team and future senior teams. Player applications for the U19 team will be posted on the CLA website at www.lacrosse.ca in early 2014.
The 2015 U19 Women’s Field World Championships will be held July 23rd to August 1st in Edinburgh, Scotland. Team Canada will be playing for gold against several countries including Australia, England, USA and Wales.
About the Canadian Lacrosse Association
The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. The CLA mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members and leading our partners and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. We value health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork. For more details on the Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit www.lacrosse.ca.