Shelburne, Ontario native Scott Teeter will take the reins of Canada’s national team for a third time as the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) announces Teeter as head coach for the 2017 Senior Women’s Field Team Canada. After leading the 2015 U-19 Women’s Field Team Canada to a historic gold medal victory over Team USA, Teeter moves to the senior ranks to lead Canada on its run for gold when the world gathers in Guildford, England for the 2017 FIL Women’s World Cup.
Teeter has enjoyed a long and successful lacrosse coaching career. In his current role as head coach of Canisius College’s women’s lacrosse team, he has completely turned the fortunes of the program since taking the reins. Now in his 14th season leading the Golden Griffin women’s lacrosse team, Teeter has guided Canisius from a team that averaged fewer than two wins per season to a MAAC Championship in each of the last five seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament from 2011 to 2014. Before coming to 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 in 2004. His lacrosse background started in Canada, where he played field lacrosse for his high school in Shelburne, Ontario, while also playing box lacrosse for the Orangeville Northmen.
“I’m thrilled in our selection of Scott Teeter as the Head Coach of the Canadian National Women’s Lacrosse Team. He is a proven winner that knows what it takes to compete with the best in the world,” commented CLA’s National Team Director – Women’s Field, Gary Gait.
Not to be overlooked is the success Teeter has brought to the Canadian national team program. Teeter has excelled internationally when not only did he lead Team Canada to their first ever gold medal game at the U-19 women’s field level, he coached the team to the historic world title, a feat never accomplished by a Canadian U-19 coach, men’s or women’s. Prior to the history-making 2015 championship run, Teeter took to the sidelines for his first tenure as Women’s U-19 Head Coach in 2011 when Team Canada captured the bronze in Hannover, Germany.
Stewart Begg, Director of High Performance and International Relations for the CLA Board of Directors, spoke to the international value of having Teeter step up from the junior program to lead the senior team. “Scott has a proven track-record of excellence in working with Team Canada. He brings a tremendous amount of wealth and knowledge of our national sport and I feel confident that we are on the right path to gold; having Scott appointed as Head Coach of our senior team after the historic world championship in August is definitely a competitive advantage for Team Canada.”
With nineteen months to go until Team Canada steps on the field in England, coach Teeter’s first task will be building up the sidelines with an all-star coaching and support staff before training camps start next summer.
Teeter spoke to his appointment, “I am honored and thrilled to have been selected as the Head Coach for the senior women’s national team. To be in a leadership role for the national team of your country is a tremendous responsibility and one that will not be taken lightly.” He is looking forward to the next step in his Team Canada career, “the CLA has shown an increased support of the national team program over the past few years, from the players through to the coaching staff – my appointment to the senior national team shows the value the CLA and the national team program has placed on coach development. I am thrilled to be a part of what I believe will be a very dynamic, talented and athletic team in 2017; we will no doubt have an incredibly talented pool of players to choose from and I’m looking forward to learning more about them, assembling the coaching staff and building the support team necessary to help us win the world championship in 2017.”
The 2017 FIL Women’s World Cup will be held July 13th to 22nd in Guildford, England. Check www.lacrosse.ca periodically for information on Team Canada and the World Cup.