Assistant coach Gary Gait is in a league of his own when it comes to national championships.
A former lacrosse player at Syracuse, Gait owns a piece of all of Maryland's last six national championships, and was a three-time national champion while with the Orangemen. The 15 goals he scored in the 1990 NCAA Tournament is a tournament record, and his nine goals against Navy in 1988 is also an NCAA record for most goals in an NCAA Tournament game.
No single person in the sport of lacrosse takes on as many roles as Gait. The most renowned collegiate men's lacrosse player in the nation during his competitive career, Gait elevated Syracuse to three national titles. A four-time All-American, he graduated as the Orange's all-time goal leader with 192. By career's end, he also owned the school's single-season goal record with 70, which he scored in 1988. His individual accolades included the Division I Most Outstanding Player award in 1988 and '90, and the 1988 and '89 Division I Most Outstanding Midfielder honors. Gait ranks sixth all-time on the Syracuse career point chart, totaling 253 points.
Gait -- who is in his ninth season as head coach Cindy Timchal's assistant -- has contributed mightily to the success that the Terrapins have achieved throughout the years and, in doing so, has put his unique stamp on the Maryland program. The Victoria, British Columbia, native has been a member of the Canadian National Team since 1989. For the 2002 World Championships in Australia, he is taking on a new role as he will serve not only as one of the team’s top players, but also as an assistant coach. His recent work in his homeland includes being named head coach of the under-19 Canadian National Team that will participate in the U-19 World Championships at Towson University in 2003.
As all great players do, Gait has stepped up big when the stakes are the highest. He has been an All-World selection at every World Championship in which he has played (1990, 1994 and 1998) and in 1998, he was selected at that year’s championships and the top midfielder in the world.
In addition to his work with the Canadian National Team, Gait has been playing professional indoor lacrosse for the past 11 years. He has earned first team All-Pro honors a record-setting 11 straight years and has also been named league most valuable player a record five times. He has been a member of three championship teams – the 1990 Detroit Turbos and the 1994 and 1995 Philadelphia Wings.
Gait is currently a forward for the Washington Power of the National Lacrosse League and he was recently named the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. As a player in that league with the Long Island Lizards, Gait helped lead the team to the league’s first-ever championship in 2001.
Gait is married to the former Nicole Black and the couple has two children; a daughter, Taylor (8), and a son, Braedon (5).