The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and the National Team Program are pleased to announce the appointments of the coaching and support staff team that will guide, lead and mentor Canada's future stars to the 2015 FIL U-19 Women's Field World Championship in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The CLA's National Team Director - Women's Field, Gary Gait of Victoria, BC, is excited about the coaching staff selected. "We've set our goals for 2015 and are focused like never before. We know there is tough competition out there, and we've answered with consistent showings at the past World Championships, but when 2015 rolls around and our team heads to Scotland, we'll be aiming for the top. Our coaching staff definitely sets the tone and I'm thrilled Team Canada has this group leading the way."
"We have assembled some of the best lacrosse minds, medical personnel and management staff members to help us compete at the world championship level," stated 2015 U-19 Team Canada head coach Scott Teeter. "I am very excited to go through this journey with this staff, and look forward to the opportunity of working with them."
With an exciting blend of internationally experienced veterans with new up-and-coming leaders, the following complete the coaching and support staff roster for the 2015 U-19 Team Canada:
Scott Tucker - Assistant Coach
Scott enters his thirteenth year as head coach of the Limestone women's lacrosse team. He currently holds a Limestone record of 106-32 (.768), and a career record of 179-41 (.814) with 10 consecutive regular season conference championships since 2004, seven conference tournament championships (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and eight NCAA tournament appearances (2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). The 2011 season resulted in the Saints first NCAA Division II Championship appearance.
The 2013 season would easily be considered the best in program history. Limestone produced a 20-2 overall record, No. 2 national ranking, second NCAA Division II National Championship Game appearance in three years and Conference Carolinas Regular Season and Tournament Championships. Scott earned conference Coach of the Year honors in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 campaigns and was named Inside Lacrosse Division II National Coach of the Year in 2006.
In addition to coaching, Tucker has played at various levels including the Senior 'B' level in the Canadian Lacrosse Association from 1998-2001 and is an active COC Men's Lacrosse Official as well as a District rated women's lacrosse official. Tucker returns to this role on Team Canada for a second time, previously coaching alongside coach Teeter for the 2011 Team Canada U-19 Women's Field team that competed to the bronze medal in Hannover, Germany.
“I’m glad I have the opportunity to work closely with Scott once again as we have similar lacrosse philosophies. He’s considered one of the best Division II coaches in the NCAA," stated coach Teeter on Tucker's appointment. "Scott brings a wealth of lacrosse knowledge in breaking down and teaching a systematic approach, and uses his experience as an official to help in rules interpretation.”
Tami Rayner - Assistant Coach
Tami brings over two decades of international experience to the Canadian U-19 program. A National Team veteran, she played on Canada’s very first U-19 team at the IFWLA World Championship in 1995, and at four World Cups at the senior level. She has competed on four continents and brings strong leadership and passion to the National Team Program. During her last World Cup as a Team Canada athlete she co-captained the team to a bronze medal, 27 years after they earned a medal at the first World Cup held in 1982. Rayner has been a key part of the Canadian lacrosse landscape not only as a player but as a coach. She began coaching at the club level with the Oshawa Lady Blue Knights program and moved to coaching Team Ontario where she coached for 4 years prior to her assistant coaching role with the 2011 U-19 Team Canada. She has her BA (Psychology) at Saint Mary’s in Halifax, NS, her Teaching degree from the University of Sydney in Australia, and her Masters of Education at Niagara University in New York. Tami Rayner is a currently a Vice-Principal in the DDSB.
“When you think of Canadian lacrosse Tammy Rayner is one of the first names to come to mind. She has been involved in a number of World Cups and I look forward to having her on my staff again," said coach Teeter. "She brings passion and World Cup experience as both a player and coach and has one of the best defensive minds to ever come out of Canada.”
Allison Daley - Assistant Coach
Allison, of Peterborogh, ON is currently in her first year as an assistant coach with Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY). Prior to her move to Binghamton University, she was the assistant coach at Canisius College for two seasons, working under current Team Canada U-19 head coach Teeter, where the program finished both those seasons as MAAC Champions. Daley's coaching career is supplemented by a successful playing career both in college and as a former member of Team Canada's U-19 program. During the 2007 U-19 Women's Field World Championship, she represented Canada as a goalie and had concluded a successful tournament by being named to the All-World Team. Her four seasons at Canisius College included three-time all-conference player and IWLCA Regional All-American accolades.
"Allison is considered to be one of the best goalies to ever come out of Canada and a rising star in the coaching ranks. She had an outstanding playing career at Canisius, and I’m very familiar with Allison’s dedication and hard work having coached her for four years and had her as a member of my staff for two," commented coach Teeter.
Carly Quinn - Assistant Coach
Carly has an extensive lacrosse resume both as a player and as a coach. She represented Team Canada at the U-19 level in 2007 and was also a member of the Canisius College Golden Griffins where she was a two-time selection to the All-MAAC First Team, capping off her playing career by being named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2012. Quinn also captained the team to two MAAC Championships in 2011 and 2012, graduating from Canisius College as the all-time leading scorer, accumulating 203 points in four seasons. In her senior year, she also ranked 8th nationally with 2.47 assists per game. Quinn has started to make her mark in Canadian lacrosse on the sidelines as well. She has been coaching in the Ontario Women's Field Lacrosse association for the past six seasons with the Orangeville Northmen and currently holds the position as head coach for the women's lacrosse program at The Hill Academy under the guidance and direction of Brodie Merrill.
"I’m excited for Carly to join my staff as she has her hand on the pulse of lacrosse in Ontario for the past few years," coach Teeter said. "Carly had a great playing career and truly understands and excelled with my offensive philosophy. She is an outstanding teacher who I’m confident will educate our players on the finer points of the game."
Dr. Jennifer M. Teeter - Team Physician
Dr. Teeter holds many certifications that will undoubtedly ensure that the Canadian athletes will be well covered, including being Board-Certified Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician, Certified Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and Certified Clinical Densitometrist. Dr. Teeter also brings international experience with her and knows the Canadian national team program well as she was the Team Physician for the 2011 U-19 Team Canada. During the last 4 seasons, Dr. Teeter has served as the head team physician for the Western New York Flash, a women’s professional soccer team in New York and is entering her second year as head team physician for Empire Revolution, a women's semi-professional soccer team. In addition, Dr. Teeter is the team physician for Hilbert College, Division III athletics, in Hamburg, New York. As a primary care sports medicine physician, Dr. Teeter has a non-surgical approach to treating various musculoskeletal injuries. She is trained in Autologous Platelet Concentrate Preparation (PRP/ACP). In addition, she attended McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and is certified in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture. As a certified clinical densitometrist, she manages the Bone Health Center at Buffalo Orthopaedic Group, which offers Bone Density Scanning and Osteoporosis management. Dr. Teeter is a Western New York native who received a Bachelor of Science degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, Pennsylvania. Her postgraduate training includes Family Practice Residency at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, New York and a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine through the University at Buffalo. She is board certified in Family Practice and Sports Medicine and has been practicing at Buffalo Orthopaedic Group since 2010.
"Dr. Teeter has a non-surgical approach to treating injured athletes that keeps the girls on the field," commented coach Teeter. "She has developed a really strong passion for the sport of lacrosse that she will bring to the organization."
Jennifer Bell, B.PHE, ATTH, CAT(C), CSCS - Athletic Therapist
Jennifer graduated from Laurentian University in 2003, with a Bachelor Degree in Human Kinetics specializing in Health Promotions. She then obtained a certificate in Athletic Therapy from York University in 2005 and went on to become a Certified Athletic Therapist. In 2009, Bell also became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She is continuing her education through taking a variety of manual therapy courses. Bell has been with Humber College since 2006 and in 2010 became the Head Athletic Therapist. As well as the many national and provincial sport events hosted by Humber, Bell has served as therapist for a variety of major sporting events including the 2007 Women's U-19 World Championship. Bell also works with the Brampton Excelsiors lacrosse organization and had the pleasure of working with the team during their 2011 Mann Cup win. Most recently she travelled with Team Canada's U-19 Men's national team to Finland for the 2012 FIL U-19 Men's Field Lacrosse World Championship. Bell has also had the pleasure of working with several professional athletes from the NLL, MLL, CFL, and MSL, as well as National and International competitors.
“Jennifer comes highly recommended from the CLA, having previously served its teams in the past. She has a tremendous reputation with the past athletes she’s worked with and has great connections in the medical field. I look forward to opportunity to work with her," commented coach Teeter on Bell's return to the National Team Program.
Mark Morissette - Team Co-ordinator
Mark is a Staff Sergeant with the Durham Regional Police Service. He has been an active volunteer in both his children’s minor sports experiences for the past fifteen years. Morissette is the former chairperson for the Clarington Zone Hockey Association (3 years) and Oshawa Lady Blue Knight’s lacrosse organization (2 years). The 2015 World Championship will be Morissette's first experience volunteering at the World Championship level for lacrosse, but it is his third world lacrosse event. He is the Number 1 fan and proud father of Team Canada's Kaylin Morissette when she represented Canada at the 2011 U-19 World Championship in Hanover, Germany winning a bronze medal, and again in 2013 when she was a member of Team Canada in their historic run to a silver medal at the 2013 FIL Women's World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario.
"Mark has an outstanding management background, having been involved in at the management level of his children’s athletic organizations. Mark has been involved in two previous World Championships as a proud father and has witnessed the Canadian team selection process. Mark is not only a tremendous asset to my staff, but to our player’s parents as well, having already gone through the process as a parent," coach Teeter stated on selection of Morissette.
Steve Quinn - Head Scout
Steve currently holds the rank as 1st Class Constable with the Ontario Provincial Police. A member of the service for over twenty years, Quinn brings with him a professionalism par none that will lead the team of scouts across Canada as they scour the country for the eighteen girls who will don the red and white in Scotland. Quinn is no stranger to lacrosse in Canada. Having spent many summers on the sidelines watching his two daughters compete for Team Canada at the U-19 level and then as they furthered their athletic careers with athletic scholarships to Division I NCAA colleges in the States, he brings a sharp eye for the skill and passion it takes for an athlete to compete at a high level.
On the selection of Quinn as head scout, coach Teeter said “I have known Steve for the past fifteen years; he is a true student of the game. He lives and breathes lacrosse, not only through his two daughters but in his community as well. He has a great eye for talent, which will help us select the top girls out of Canada as we prepare for 2015."
As Team Canada's U-19 Women's Field program looks towards 2015, the CLA and the National Team Program are very confident in the coaching and support staff appointments made. "We are very excited to be able to bring together such a talented, experienced and skilled team that are sure to work hard to bring out the very best in our players," said Stewart Begg, CLA's Director of High Performance and International Relations. "Each of them brings with them a unique skill set that will compliment one another as they come together to form a cohesive leadership group with coach Teeter at the helm," Begg continued. "With the knowledge, passion, preparation and most importantly, intensity this group brings to the team there is 100% focus to lead Canada to the gold medal game in Scotland.”
The 2015 U19 Women's Field World Championships will be held July 23 - August 1 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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