A Canadian Great!
Gary Gait and brother Paul Gait were born April 5, 1967 and grew up in Victoria, B.C. The Gaits excelled at lacrosse from an early age, leading junior lacrosse's Esquimalt Legion to four straight provincial titles from 1985 to 1988, as well as the Minto Cup national title in 1988. They attended Syracuse University on scholarships and led the Orangemen to three consecutive NCAA crowns from 1988 to 1990. Gary finished as the school's all time leading scorer and was a two-time NCAA National Player of the Year.
One of the greatest lacrosse players ever, Gary Gait began his illustrious career by earning first-team All-America honors three times and USILA player of the year honors twice in leading Syracuse to national championships in 1988, 1989 and 1990. He holds numerous NCAA records, including goals scored in a tournament game, single tournament and career tournaments.
Gait remains Syracuse's all-time leading goal scorer with 192 and he was named to the 1990 USILA North-South Game. He played for the Canadian National Team in the ILF World Championships in 1990, 1994 and 1998, earning a place on the All-World Team each year. In 1991, he began a 15-year professional indoor career, winning Rookie of the Year honors.
Gait is a 15-time All-Pro and six-time MVP of the National Lacrosse League. He ranks as the NLL's all-time leading goal and points scorer. Gait has also played in Major League Lacrosse since the league's inception in 2001, helping the Baltimore Bayhawks to league championships in 2002 and 2005 as a player-coach. Prior to that, Gait played for more than 10 years in the USCLA, winning its MVP award four times and its championship twice. Gait served as an assistant coach on the University of Maryland women's teams that won seven consecutive NCAA championships in the 1990s and early 2000s. Lacrosse Magazine named him to its All-20th Century Team and the NCAA named him to its 25th Anniversary Team. He has held the head coaching duties of the NLL's Colorado Mammoth and coach of the women's Syracuse University lacrosse program.
Additionally, Gary coaches a 3rd/4th grade team, the 5th/6th grade fighter jets and his daughter's youth girls team as well. Gary has a pretty full schedule, but still has time to work on his National Development Program.
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