- Gary Gait
Infobox Lacrosse Player
position = Attack/Midfield
shoots = Left/Right
height_ft = 6
height_in = 2
weight_lb = 210
league = Former WLA
Detroit Turbos Philadelphia Wings Baltimore Thunder Pittsburgh CrosseFire Washington Power Colorado Mammoth
Long Island Lizards Baltimore Bayhawks
nationality = Canada
birth_date = birth date and age|1967|04|5
Victoria, British Columbia, CA
career_start = 1991
career_end = 2005
uslaxhof = 278
nllhof = 2006
Gary Charles Gait (b.
April 5, 1967in Victoria, British Columbia) is a retired professional lacrosseplayer, and former head coach of the Colorado Mammoth. He is a member of the United States Lacrosse National Hall of Fame and the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame, and is widely regarded as the best lacrosse player of all time, just above his twin brother Paul. [cite web|url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7507507/|title=Lacrosse legend retires as 'Jordan of sport'|work= MSNBC.com|date= April 17, 2005|accessdate=2007-03-28] [cite web|url=http://lacrosseinsidethegame.wordpress.com/2007/02/26/173/|title=Interview with John Grant, Jr.|work=Lacrosse - Inside the Game|date= February 26, 2007|accessdate=2007-03-28] [cite web|url=http://www.uslacrosse.org/museum/hofbios/gait_gary.phtml|title=Gary Gait HOF Biography|work= US Lacrosse|accessdate=2007-03-28] [cite web|url=http://library.thinkquest.org/05aug/00263/lacrosse_legends.htm|title=Lacrosse Legends|work=SportsLearner.com|accessdate=2007-03-28] A fairytale finish to his playing career earned him every possible major lacrosse title; he scored four goals in the last quarter of Canada's historic 15-10 victory over the United Statesin the final of the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship, his last ever game.
In 2007, Gait returned to his
alma mater Syracuse Universityto become the head coach of the Orange women's lacrosseteam.cite web|url=http://suathletics.com/News/Lacrosse/wLacrosse/2007/8/28/gaitpresser0828.asp?path=wlacrosse|title=Gait Introduced as Syracuse Women's Lacrosse Head Coach|work=Syracuse University website|accessdate=2008-02-27] cite web|url=http://www.laxpower.com/laxnews/news.php?story=7584|title=Gait Named Syracuse Women's Lacrosse Coach|date= August 27, 2007|accessdate=2008-02-27]
Gary Gait and his twin brother Paul Gait both attended
Syracuse Universityand played in the NCAA, setting many records during their time there. Gait was a three-time first team All-American and once Honorable Mention All-American at Syracuse. He graduated as the Orangemen’s all-time goal leader with 192. He led the team to three Division I Championships. He was NCAA Player of the Year in both 1988 and 1990 and was Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament in 1990. Gait was also widely known for his acrobatic "Air Gait", where he would jump over the crease from behind the goal, scoring while in mid-air, and land on the opposite side of the crease.
Gait started playing in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (later the
National Lacrosse League) in 1991 and won the Rookie of the Year Award. In April 2005 he announced his retirement; he played his last game on April 22, 2005.
In the opening game of the 2006 NLL season on
December 30, 2005, at the Pepsi Centerin Denver, Colorado, the Colorado Mammothraised Gait's jersey number (22) to the rafters as the first retired jersey in NLL history.
In 2006, both Gait and his brother were among the 5 charter members to be voted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.
September 1, 2007, Gait came out of retirement to play in the NLL Outdoor showcase in Colorado.
In June 2005, Gait was named head coach of his former team, the
Colorado Mammoth. [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=893|title=Gary Gait Named Mammoth Head Coach|work=NLL.com|date= June 21, 2005|accessdate=2007-05-28] After a 10-6 season in which the Mammoth finished second in the Western Division, Gait led them to an overtime 18-17 win over Calgary and a 13-12 win over Arizona before shutting down the East Division champion Buffalo Bandits16-9 in the Championship game. [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=424|title=Colorado Takes Home Champions Cup With 16-9 Win|work=NLL.com|date= May 13, 2006|accessdate=2007-05-28] Gait became the first rookie head coach to win a championship since Tony Reschdid it with the Philadelphia Wingsin 1994, a team on which Gait played. [cite web|url=http://nll.com/article.php?id=419|title=News & Notes: Championship Game|work=NLL.com|date= May 19, 2006|accessdate=2007-05-28]
Gait announced in August 2007 that he was stepping down after two seasons as head coach of the Mammoth to pursue other interests. [cite web|url=http://www.nll.com/article.php?id=3056|title=Gait Steps Down as Mammoth Coach|work=NLL.com|date=
August 22, 2007|accessdate=2007-08-22]
Syracuse University Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross has announced that former Orange All-American and lacrosse Hall of Famer Gary Gait has been named the second coach in the history of the women's lacrosse program.
Gait has also played in
Major League Lacrossesince its inception in 2001. He was a member of the Long Island Lizards. After the first season, Gait was traded to the Baltimore Bayhawkswhere he served as a player-coachfor the next four years. In 2005, Gait won the Steinfeld Cupas a player-coach. He scored six goals in the Championship Game and was named MVP of that game as well as the season.
Gait, along with his brother, had great seasons with the
Victoria Shamrocksof the Western Lacrosse Association. Gait won the Mike Kelly Memorial Trophyas most valuable player of the Mann Cupas a Shamrock in 1997, and shared the most valuable player award with Paul Gait in 1999.cite web|url=http://bible-of-lacrosse.com/newstats/manncup.txt|title=Historical Stats of the Mann Cup|work=Bible-of-Lacrosse.com|date=|accessdate=2007-08-15]
International lacrosse career
1990 - Member of Team
Canada, finalists in the World Lacrosse Championship
1994 - Member of Team Canada, 3rd place at the
World Lacrosse Championship
1998 - Member of Team Canada, finalists in the
World Lacrosse Championship
2002 - Member of Team Canada, finalists in the
2004 - Member of Team Canada, winners of the
2006 - Member of Team Canada, winners of the World Lacrosse Championship
Records and awards
Gait set many NLL scoring records during his career. He still holds the records for most goals in a single season (61 in 2003).
Gait was named NLL MVP six times, including five consecutive seasons. Other than Gary Gait, only John Tavares (3 times) has ever won the award more than once.
NLL Weekly and Monthly Awards:
* Player of the Week (1994-2001) 7 times
* Overall Player of the Week (2002-) 6 times
* Offensive Player of the Week (2002-) 3 times
* Player of the Month 6 times
MLL Weekly Awards:
* Offensive Player of the Week 2 times
Gary Gait lives in
Cazenovia, New Yorkwith his wife, Nicole, and their children Taylor and Braeden. His daughter, Taylor also plays lacrosse at her local high schoolnamed Christian Brothers Academyin Syracuse, NY.
Career achievements of Gary Gait
Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse
NAME= Gait, Gary
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Retired lacrosse player
DATE OF BIRTH=
April 5, 1967
PLACE OF BIRTH=
Victoria, British Columbia
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