G. Gait named Syracuse women's coach

SPORTS DIGEST

August 28, 2007|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Gary Gait, a record-setting player who won three NCAA titles and was a four-time All-American as a Syracuse player, was named coach of the school's women's team yesterday.

Gait, 40, was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005.

"Gary has proven that he is one of the best [coaches]," Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross said. "To have the greatest player to play the game who has had success at every level of coaching leading our program is extraordinary."

Said Gait: "I'm looking forward to working to take the women's lacrosse program to the next level."

Gait has spent the past two seasons as coach of the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League. His professional coaching experience also includes four seasons (2002-2005) as player-coach of Major League Lacrosse's Baltimore Bayhawks.

Before that, he spent seven seasons as an assistant women's coach at Maryland.

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