Burlington native Sean Ferris and Stoney Creek resident Eddie Comeau have joined Team Canada’s field lacrosse’s staff in preparation for the 2014 Men’s Field World Championship in Denver. The team is coached by Randy Mearns and managed by Steven Govett.
Ferris, who is an assistant coach for the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League, will assume video responsibilities with Team Canada. His extensive coaching career in the NLL spans eight years. Ferris is a former box and field lacrosse player and his knowledge of the game will be a true asset to the coaching staff and team.
Comeau, who becomes a scout, is a five-time Team Canada staff member, most recently as head coach for the 2011 World Champions Men’s Indoor Team and will no doubt be a huge asset to the team.
With a masters degree in sport coaching, National Coaching Certification Program’s level three, and course conductor, Comeau is a natural-born leader. He was head coach and general manager for two seasons with the NLL’s Orlando Titans, where he was selected as general manager of the Year in 2009.
Also joining the sideline crews are:
Jeff Gombar (Port Coquitlam, BC), assistant coach. As B.C. Lacrosse Association’s Marketing Director, Gombar’s passion for the game is apparent. A long-time advocate and supporter of the game, he is a long-time member of Team Canada, last taking on the role as bench coach of the 2010 silver medal Men’s Field Team Canada in Manchester, England. Gombar has represented Canada on seven different occasions, three times as a player and four times as a member of the coaching staff.
Gary Gait (Fayetteville, NY) is an assistant coach on defence. He has extensive experience in coaching and playing at the international level, having participated in the 1990, ‘94, ‘98, and 2006 world championships as a player, and in 2003 and ‘08 as a coach of the Under-19 Men’s Field.
He is currently the head coach of Syracuse University’s women’s field team, where he has won the honour of Big East Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year for the past two seasons (2011 and 2012).
Matt Brown (Denver, CO) is an assistant coach on offence, coming on board fresh off his term as offensive coordinator the for 2012 U-19 Men’s Field Team Canada. As the current associate head coach and offensive coordinator for the University of Denver, and a player for the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, Brown will help the Canadian squad take back a bit of Team USA’s home field advantage.
Terry Rayner (Oshawa, ON) will be the equipment manager, the position he held in 2010 with Team Canada. In addition to his 2010 role, Rayner’s previous Team Canada experience includes that of team manager and team therapist for the Under-19 Women’s Field team. He is currently the registered massage therapist for NLL’s Toronto Rock and a police officer for the Ontario Region of Durham.
Stephen Lobsinger (Guelph, ON) returns as athletic therapist. An experienced therapist and trainer with his National Athletic Trainers certification, Lobsinger will bring his expertise back to Team Canada. Previously the head therapist for two Team Canada’s (2010 Manchester – field and 2011 Prague – indoor), Lobsinger is currently head athletic therapist with the NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks and the Toronto Nationals of MLL. Through his previous experiences with Team Canada he has learned that success at the national level requires a great deal of planning, preparation and logistical management – all of which are a priority for him as he will work to ensure a smooth and efficient management of acute injury management and preventative maintenance to ensure that everyone is at their best.
With the coaching and support staff now set, the next step for the CLA and the 2014 Team Canada staff is to fill the roster with the best Canadian players.
In a prelude to 2014, a Team Canada squad flew to Denver in early September to take on Team USA in what was dubbed the Duel in Denver. Though not the final squad which will represent Canada in 2014, Team Canada came out on top defeating the U.S., 11-9.
With the win in the Duel fresh in their minds, Team Canada looks to improve on the 2010 World Championship silver medal as they battle for the gold in 2014. Once the player application period starts, they will be posted on the CLA website, www.lacrosse.ca.
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.