St. Catharines native to lead national lacrosse team

Randy Mearns has been selected as head coach for Canada’s 2014 Men’s World Championship National Team by the Canadian Lacrosse Association.

Currently the head coach for Buffalo’s Canisius College’s men’s lacrosse team, Mearns has been an active member of the Canadian National Team program as both player and coach since 1997. His love for coaching began in the mid-80s with the St. Catharine’s Minor Lacrosse Association. His coaching career started in 1994 as head coach for the Niagara Senior and Junior Raiders lacrosse teams where he was a key factor in the coordination and implementation of all aspects of the men’s lacrosse program.

Securing a coach with a winning attitude, high energy, outstanding mentoring skills, strong communication skills and an expertise in player assessment is the first key to bringing gold home in 2014.

“I am very excited and humbled with this opportunity. It is a tremendous honour to be a part of Team Canada lacrosse,” said Mearns.

”With just over two years to go until the world’s, time will move fast but we will be ready. I am eager to get started. I look forward to working with Team Canada and the amazing athletes that will be a part of the team, through this amazing gold medal journey.”

Mearns knows success. In his 10-year playing career in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), he was a part of two championship teams and named NLL All-Star game MVP in 1999. He has also experienced success at the National level as team captain of four Mann Cup championship teams, the Brampton Excelsiors (’93) and the Six Nations Chiefs (’94-’96).

A natural born leader, Mearns served as team captain for the Rochester Knights (NLL) for six years, and Team Canada at the 1998 World Championship. He knows how to connect with players and is passionate about developing the players through a committed mentoring system and clear communication. From player to coach, Mearns has proven he is an exemplary leader.

Over the course of his 18-year coaching career Randy has developed a strong, athlete-centered philosophy that focuses on creating opportunities and an environment that provides clear direction.

“It is my responsibility, along with the rest of the staff, to ensure that every resource available is utilized to educate and implement our plan so our athlete’s can reach their full potential individually and collectively as a team, as they represent Canada with class and character,” stated Mearns.

The CLA is confident that Mearns has the necessary commitment, dedication and experience to lead the 2014 Men’s National Team to a gold medal in Denver.

“Randy is no stranger to high performance sport. We are pleased to have him be a part of the national team program once again”, said Stewart Begg, the CLA’s vice president of international competition. “Both as a player and coach, Randy has shown his passion for the sport truly can lead to great things. It is only fitting that his return to Team Canada be as Head Coach – he has served us well as assistant coach in the past and we are confident that now is the time for him to take the reins and lead the 2014 national team to gold.”

The 2014 FIL Men’s World Championship will be held in Denver, Colorado at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park July 10-19. More than 40 countries and nearly 1,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 2014 championship.