Pointstreak Adds Gary Gait to Advisory Board
Gary Gait’s name is synonymous with lacrosse excellence. The native of Victoria, British Columbia, Gait had an immediate impact on lacrosse in the United States when he arrived at Syracuse University in the late 1980s. As a player he was a first-team All-American three times, two-time national player of the year and led the Orangemen to national championships in 1988, 1989 and 1990. He still holds the school’s record for all-time leading goal scorer with 192.
As an indoor professional he has captured championships with the Detroit Turbos in 1991, and the Philadelphia Wings in 1994 and 1995. He was an All-Pro every season in which he played and was named the league’s most valuable player a record six times. Gait was the first player in league history to score 500 career goals. He retired in 2005 as the NLL’s all-time leader in goals (596) and points (1,091). He is also the league’s most prolific playoff scorer with 66 goals in 22 career postseason games.
As a coach he has made an even bigger impression on the sport. He has been the coach of championship teams in the NCAA University of Maryland (7), Major League Lacrosse Baltimore Bayhawks (2), National Lacrosse League Colorado Mammoths (1). He recently led Canada’s team at the 2007 ILF World Indoor Championships to Gold his first as coach of the National Team. Gait was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Nov. 12, 2005, and into the NLL Hall of Fame as one of five charter members on Feb. 23, 2006.
In addition to coaching the NLL Colorado Mammoth, Gait has parlayed his playing and coaching successes into the development of NDP Lacrosse a national lacrosse development and education program of which he is the President.