Ottawa, ON- Lacrosse Canada is pleased to announce our coaching staff for the 2024 Men's World Box Lacrosse Championship. The World Championship will be held September 20-29, 2024, in Utica, New York, United States. The 2024 World Lacrosse Box Championships will mark the sixth time this championship tournament has been held. This will be the first time the competition is held in 5 years, as the tournament was forced to be pushed back a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Team Canada looks to defend their title from the last championship in 2019, which was held on home soil in Langley, British Columbia. It was a highly anticipated game but Canada was able to overcome a strong Haudenosaunee team in 2019 by a score of 19-12, continuing their dominant run in the World Box Lacrosse Championships. Canada has finished all 5 of the previous championships by winning the gold medal. Dating all the way back to 2003, Canada has defeated the Haudenosaunee in the gold medal game each year in hard fought games. Canada once again will expect strong competition from teams like the Haudenosaunee, USA, England, and more.
With the games being less than a year away now, we are excited to announce the group that will be leading the way for the team next summer. The staff includes individuals with prolific playing careers, along with many years of experience coaching international lacrosse, as well as at the pro level in the National Lacrosse League. The staff is as follows:
Ed Comeau has spent 21 years coaching in the NLL, which is highlighted by six Champion’s Cup titles, most recently with the Swarm in 2017. After leading the Swarm to a league-best 13-5 regular season record in 2017, Comeau was named the recipient of the prestigious Les Bartley Award, which recognizes the NLL’s Head Coach of the Year. Comeau was also the General Manager of Team Canada’s men’s indoor team for the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Langley, B.C. He served as the head coach of Team Canada’s indoor team that won the Gold Medal at the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Syracuse, N.Y. He also served as an assistant coach on the 1994 Men's field team, along with 2006 and 2014 men's National team. Eddie was named the inaugural GM for the Men's sixes program in 2022, where he was able to capture the gold medal with Team Canada in Birmingham, Alabama.
Sean Ferris has worked in the NLL for nearly two decades, which includes time with the Toronto Rock, Rochester Knighthawks, New York/Orlando Titans and the Colorado Mammoth. As one of the assistants in Rochester in 2007, Ferris helped lead the Knighthawks to the Champion’s Cup title. In total, the Burlington, Ontario native has spent 16 seasons as an assistant coach in the NLL and was the head scout of the Toronto Rock (1999-2004) for six seasons, where he was a member of four Champion’s Cup titles. Ferris most recently won the Champion’s Cup in 2017 alongside Comeau, totalling six throughout his career.
Head Coach Glenn Clark brings over two decades of NLL experience as both a player and a coach with him to the Team Canada bench. He began his professional box lacrosse career in 1998 when he was drafted by the Ontario Raiders. One year later, the team moved to Toronto and became the Toronto Rock. Clark spent the majority of his playing career in Toronto, helping lead the Rock to five NLL championships. After the 2005 season, Clark signed with the Philadelphia Wings where he was named to the All-Star team for the third time in his career. Clark wasted no time transitioning into coaching as he was named head coach of the Toronto Rock following the 2006 season. The Rock reached the playoffs before being defeated by the eventual champion, Rochester Knighthawks. Clark was at the helm of the Rock until the team’s 2009 season.
Following his coaching stint in Toronto, Clark spent the next five years coaching at various levels including minors, Junior A Lacrosse, and the Canadian National Team. Clark returned to the NLL in 2015, being named head coach of the New England Black Wolves. In just his first season with the Black Wolves, Clark led the team to a six win improvement from the season prior, and won a playoff game. During his five seasons as head coach of the Black Wolves, the team successfully made the playoffs in each of them.
Malawsky, joins the staff having spent the last 13 seasons in a front office and coaching capacity with the Calgary Roughnecks, most recently as Assistant General Manager and Head Coach. He initially joined the Roughnecks staff as in the summer of 2009 as an Associate Coach/Offence Coordinator and Assistant General Manager, shortly after the conclusion of his playing career which also finished in Calgary. During his first three seasons with the organization, the Roughnecks compiled a 33-15 regular season record, achieving two first-place division finishes and a second-place finish.
In the summer of 2012, Malawsky was promoted to Head Coach of the Roughnecks while retaining his title as Assistant General Manager. Since then, he has guided the club to a 90-80 regular season record, supplemented by eight of nine possible playoff appearances (14-11 record), two Championship Finals, and the 2019 NLL Championship. Last season, Malawsky won the Les Bartley Award for NLL Coach of the Year thanks to a franchise record 13-win campaign. Curt recently accepted the head coach and general manager position to return to his home province with the Vancouver Warriors.
Malawsky played 12 seasons in the NLL as a forward, splitting time between the Roughnecks, Arizona Sting, San Jose Stealth, Vancouver Ravens, and Rochester Knighthawks. In 159 career regular season games played, he registered 537 points, 103 penalty minutes, and 574 loose balls. Malawsky also appeared in 20 NLL playoff games during his career, posting 49 points and winning one NLL Championship with the Calgary Roughnecks in his final playing season.
Malawsky was a member of the 2003 Canadian National team that won gold, along with being on the coaching staff for the inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a box player in 2015 and into the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame in 2022.
Team Canada assistant coach Pat Coyle has had tremendous success as an athlete in field and box lacrosse. He played for Team Canada in three different world championships—the FIL U19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championship , the 2002 FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championship and the 2003 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. After 12 seasons playing in the National Lacrosse League for Toronto Rock and Colorado Mammoth, he has now been coaching the Colorado Mammoth for eight years.
After serving as the organization’s general manager since the 2018 season, Coyle transitioned his focus to coaching in July of 2020 as Brad Self was named general manager. After leading the team to a 7-6 record during the shortened 2019-20 NLL season, Coyle saw a majority of his squad return for a triumphant run in 2021-22. Despite finishing the regular season 10-8 and in third place of the West Conference, Coyle lead his group to a 5-2 record in the postseason to help capture the organization’s second NLL Championship and first since 2006.
A five-time champion in his 12-year playing career, Coyle hoisted the Champion’s Cup four times with the Toronto Rock (1999, 2000, 2002-03) and once with the Mammoth (2006). Coyle was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2014, Coyle became the first defenseman in league history to be inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame.
Ted Cordingley has been the equipment manager for the Buffalo Bandits from 2007-2023. He is still active in this role and has also been able to help out the Canadian National team on 3 separate occasions. He was the equipment manager for the 2015 World Championship, 2017 Heritage Cup, and the 2019 World Championships. Ted's experience around the sport has helped him become one of the most notable staff members in lacrosse, and we look forward to bringing him back for the 2024 Championships.
About Lacrosse Canada
Founded in 1867, Lacrosse Canada is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 11 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. Lacrosse Canada’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. Lacrosse Canada oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by World Lacrosse. Lacrosse Canada is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners - Nike, CoachThem, Gait, Cascade, Normatec, Zoll, Signature Lacrosse, and Baron Rings - as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation.
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