Comeau returns to lead Canada to world lacrosse battle

CanadaLacrosseHamilton’s own Ed Comeau will return as bench boss for Team Canada Lacrosse’s 2015 indoor team which will defend its title in Onondoga Nation (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Buffalo, N.Y. at the next FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, Sept. 18-20th, 2015.

Comeau, currently assistant coach for the Colorado Mammoth in the National Lacrosse League is returning to the Team Canada Lacrosse coaching staff for the fifth time. He has been an intricate part of Team Canada serving as a member of the coaching staff of the 2006 world champion senior men’s field team, as assistant coach in 2003 and 2007 and head coach in 2011 for the world champion men’s indoor teams.

Now in his 16th year as a coach in the NLL, Comeau joined the Mammoth as an assistant coach in 2011. Over his 16-year professional coaching career, Comeau has five NLL Champion’s Cup titles, has twice served as the head coach of the East Division in the NLL All-Star Game and has earned GM and coach of the year awards. Prior to his current position, he was an assistant coach for the Toronto Rock on four NLL championship squads, was head coach of the Rochester Knighthawks when they won the NLL title in 2007, and was GM-head coach of the NLL’s New York and Orlando Titans.

“Our Team Canada selection committee was totally satisfied with the leadership, game knowledge and high level of professionalism that Eddie delivered with the coaches and players who won gold at the last World Games in Prague” explained Team Canada Director Johnny Mouradian. “We are very pleased to announce that Eddie will remain as our Head Coach and once again lead the best lacrosse players in the world.”

Dean French, Chair of Team Canada Lacrosse echoed Mouradian’s statement, adding “Eddie’s a great lacrosse coach but he’s an even better person. He’s everything you want in a national team coach; we look forward to seeing him and the entire coaching staff in action as we set Team Canada’s sight on another world championship title.”

Comeau is not the only returning face behind the Team Canada bench, as the successful 2011 Team Canada coaching staff of Derek Keenan, Paul Day and Glen Clark will also step back into their roles.

Keenan, the offensive coach, is a resident of Oshawa and currently the general manager and head coach of the NLL’s Edmonton Rush. He has won numerous managing and coaching awards in the NLL during his time in Toronto, Anaheim, Portland and Edmonton. In addition to his professional coaching career, Keenan is the head coach for the Whitby Warriors, 2013 Minto Cup champions, of the Ontario Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse League.

Day, the defensive coach, is currently an assistant coach for the NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks and is entering his 15th season with the team (1995-2005, 2009-Present). For three seasons (2006-08), the Peterborough native served as the head coach and GM of the Edmonton Rush.

Clark, of Stouffville (ON) is a former defenceman and head coach of the Toronto Rock. His role as goalie coach with Team Canada is not limited to the bench. In addition to his coaching duties in 2011 he was member of the 2003 gold medal Team Canada and 2002 Heritage Cup Team. In addition to playing for Team Canada, Clark’s playing career also includes three-time Mann Cup Champion (CLA’s Senior “A” National Championship), assistant captain of the Toronto Rock (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2005) and three-time NLL All-Star.

Burlington native Sean Ferris is the team coordinator and is currently an assistant coach for the NLL’s Colorado Mammoth, a position he’s held since 2010. Prior to his time on the bench for the Mammoth, he held roles as assistant coach for Orlando/New York Titans from 2008- 2010, assistant coach for the Rochester Knighthawks from 2004 – 2008, and head scout for the Toronto Rock from 1999-2004.

As an athlete he played both field and box lacrosse in the Burlington minor and Junior “A” lacrosse system. He was a member of two President’s Cup (CLA Senior “B” National Championship) championship teams with the Fergus Thistles Majors (1990 and 1992) and competed for the Mann Cup as part of the 1996 Six Nations Chiefs team.

“We’ve been here before, coaching Team Canada with a collective goal and focus; knowing each other and our coaching styles the way we do will be a huge asset as we lead Team Canada towards another world championship title” said Comeau. “The selection of Derek, Paul, Glen, and the addition of Sean as Team Coordinator, allows me to feel confident that I will be surrounded by the best of the best on the bench in 2015.”

The past three FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships (WILC) have concluded with Team Canada versus the Iroquois Nationals in the battle for the gold and the World Championship title. Canada has come out victorious in all three matches and remains the current World Champion for Indoor lacrosse. With the gold medal win at the last world championship, held in Prague, Czech Republic in May 2011, Canada improved to 17-0 in world championship indoor play beating the Iroquois Nationals for the third straight time in a WILC final, this time by a score 13-6.

The coaching staff will first come together in preparation of 2015 when they coach at the Nov. 17 International exhibition game between Team Canada and the Iroquois Nationals.