After 17 years at Canisius, women's lacrosse coach Scott Teeter is moving on. The winningest coach in MAAC history was named Louisville's head coach Monday.
"This is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made," Teeter said in a statement. "The truth is, that at this point in my life, I am ready for a new professional challenge."
Teeter went 130-62 at Canisius, was named the MAAC Coach of the Year four times and led the Golden Griffins to an 8-0 conference record three times. The Griffs won MAAC titles in six of the last seven years. He is also Canada's national team head coach and was recently put in charge of the Boston Storm, a professional women's lacrosse team.
"Scott has helped build our program from the ground up, and through his hard work and leadership, he has made Canisius women's lacrosse one of the premier teams in the MAAC and in the Northeast," Canisius director of athletics Bill Maher said in a statement. "Scott's dedication to building a program the right way made him a respected voice on our campus and in the women's lacrosse community, and our success reflected his commitment. On behalf of Canisius College, I want to thank Scott for his efforts to make Canisius a championship program and we wish him and his family all the best as he moves to this next stage of his career."
Maher said the search for Teeter's replacement will begin immediately.
A Canisius grad, Teeter joined his alma mater after serving as an assistant coach at Buffalo State.
Louisville's program is young but successful. Teeter replaces Kellie Young, who had been with the program since its start in 2006. She was fired in November after nine players transferred out and accusations of negligence were made. The Cardinals went 11-8 last season and made the NCAA Tournament, losing in the first round to James Madison. Louisville is 106-68 all-time.
Teeter will be introduced Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. on Louisville's campus.
"We are thrilled to hire Scott Teeter, who has a tremendous coaching pedigree, to lead our women's lacrosse program going forward," Louisville's interim director of athletics Vince Tyra said. "We have established a winning tradition, advancing to the NCAA Tournament the last four seasons, and we wanted someone who could help build on that tradition."
Teeter is the second Canisius lacrosse coach to leave the school in less than a year. Randy Mearns, who coached the men's team for 19 seasons, took over the recently formed St. Bonaventure program in June.