OTTAWA, ON—Lacrosse Canada is proud to announce the team that will accompany Canadian athletes to Maryland this summer, in pursuit of a gold medal at the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship.
As previously announced, Scott Teeter will lead the coaching staff as Head Coach. He has put together an all-star cast of veteran Team Canada staff, as well as a few newcomers who bring valuable coaching and playing experience.
“We are so fortunate to have some of the best lacrosse minds in the business on staff,” Teeter said.
He will be joined by Gary Gait, Associate Head Coach, Assistant Coaches Caitlin Watkins, Allison Daley, Tami Rayner, and Jason Levesque. Mark Morissette will return as Team Manager, and Claire Biafore joins as Athletic Therapist.
“Their international lacrosse experience is second to none, and I look forward to working with this group to bring home the gold,” said Teeter.
Allison Daley, Associate Head Coach of the 2019 U-19 women’s world team, is excited to make her debut coaching the senior team. She last appeared for Canada as one of the goaltenders on the 2017 Senior Women’s Team, which captured a silver medal in Guildford, England.
“Any time you can represent your country, it is the greatest honour. I want to thank Lacrosse Canada and Coach Teeter for this opportunity to represent Canada once again and coach some of the best athletes in the world,” Daley said.
“The coaching staff is world class, and I’m looking forward to learning from some of the best coaches in the game. The 2022 World Championship has been long anticipated, and I know the athletes have been working hard to prepare for this moment as we continue our quest for gold.
The World Cup, which was postponed from 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, will take place in Towson, Maryland, USA from June 29 to July 9, 2022.
Scott Teeter, Head Coach (Shelburne, ON)
Scott Teeter, who hails from Shelburne, Ont. grew up as both a box and field lacrosse player. Currently the head coach of the University of Louisville’s women’s lacrosse team, he will return as head coach of Canada’s senior women’s field team for the second time.
Prior to moving to Kentucky, Teeter spent 14 years as the head coach at Canisius College, where he led the program to six conference championships in seven years. A Canisius alumnus, Teeter holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education.
Gary Gait, Associate Head Coach (Victoria, BC)
Gary Gait, a well-known name in Canadian lacrosse, has previously served as the head of the Canadian women’s field lacrosse program. Currently the head coach of Syracuse University’s men’s lacrosse team, where he is also an alumnus, Gait’s accolades include every major title: three NCAA titles, three NLL titles, three MLL titles, three Mann Cups, a Heritage and Minto Cup, and the 2006 World Championship.
Gait donned the maple leaf for Team Canada at five world championships, bringing home three silver medals and the 2006 gold. Since 2003, he has coached several Canadian national teams.
Caitlin Watkins, Assistant Coach (Garden City, NY)
Caitlin Defliese Watkins returns as an assistant coach with the SRWNT. Currently an assistant coach with the Syracuse University women’s lacrosse team, Watkins previously served as the associate head coach of Stony Brook University, molding the unranked program into a Top 10 one.
A four-year letter winner at Boston University, she earned her bachelor’s degree in health and rehabilitation.
Allison Daley, Assistant Coach (Peterborough, ON)
Allison Daley makes her debut as an assistant coach of the SRWNT, after previous stints with the U19 WNT. The University of Louisville assistant coach appeared as goaltender for Canada in the 2017 Women’s World Championship and World Games.
Daley played and served as an assistant coach for Scott Teeter at her alma mater, Canisius College. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s in sport administration.
Tami Rayner, Assistant Coach (Oshawa, ON)
Tami Rayner returns as part of the SRWNT, having coached both the senior and U-19 teams previously. An alumna of the program, she has competed in both world championships and world cups.
A long-time head coach with the U-19 Team Ontario women’s field program, Rayner holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and elementary education, as well as a master’s in educational leadership.
Jason Levesque, Assistant Coach (St. Catharines, ON)
Jason Levesque joins the women’s program after nearly a decade as an assistant coach with Canadian national men’s teams. Currently the head coach of the women’s lacrosse program at St. Bonaventure University, he has guided Team Canada to a number of gold and silver medals.
A Canisius alum, he led his team to their first two conference tournament berths in program history.
Mark Morissette, Manager
Claire Biafore, Athletic Therapist
About Lacrosse Canada
Founded in 1867, Lacrosse Canada is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. Lacrosse Canada’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. Lacrosse Canada oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by World Lacrosse. Lacrosse Canada is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners - NormaTec Recovery Systems, RockTape, OPRO, Canadian Red Cross, Westjet, and Baron Rings - as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation.
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