Share this article

print logo

Canisius' Teeter named head coach of professional women's lacrosse team

Scott Teeter already had a busy schedule, balancing coaching Canisius women's lacrosse and the Canadian national team. He added one more major role to the list Wednesday.

The 16-year Golden Griffins head coach is taking over coaching duties for the Boston Storm, a professional women's lacrosse team in the United Women's Lacrosse League. When the Canisius season ends, he'll join the Storm from May to July.

"It's a three-headed monster that I've created," Teeter said.

The UWLX, founded in 2016, consists of four teams: the Baltimore Ride, Long Island Sound, Philadelphia Force and Boston Storm. Despite the teams sporting cities in their names, they do not have home venues. The four squads travel around the country to play at youth lacrosse tournaments and recruiting events. That means Teeter can multitask, coaching the Storm, recruiting for Canisius, and getting a first-hand look at players available for Canada's national team in the same place.

Even without those benefits, Teeter said he wanted to be involved in growing the sport on the women's side. Until recently, there wasn't an opportunity for women's lacrosse players to play professionally. Now, there are two leagues, as the UWLX was joined by the Women's Professional Lacrosse League this summer.

"Other than playing for your national team, when girls are done playing collegiate they're basically done," Teeter said. "This gives more of an opportunity for more girls to continue their career and continue to play lacrosse. ... Today's youth, lacrosse players, girls know they can actually play professional. They can actually make a little bit of money."

He also said he's excited to see what he can learn from the games and take back to Canisius, a school he's led to six conference championships in the last seven seasons.

"You really get to test different systems, try different things with the elite athletes," Teeter said.

The league's existence and his involvement opens the door for Teeter's former players to go professional. The Storm selected Griffin grad Taylor Giglio in this year's draft, the first Canisius player taken in the UWLX. She scored 131 goals and 184 points in 58 games at Canisius, earning three All-MAAC selections. Having players like her face off against the best in the world is great exposure for Canisius's program, and Teeter said soon she won't be alone.

"We have a ton of talent on our roster now that will be graduating this year and the next couple years that could aspire to play pro, too," Teeter said.

There are no comments - be the first to comment