At home and abroad, Scott Teeter has proved to be one of the most successful coaches in women’s lacrosse – winning at both the collegiate and international levels.
Now in his 14th season leading the Golden Griffin women’s lacrosse team, Teeter has guided Canisius from a team that averaged fewer than two wins per season to a MAAC Championship in each of the last five seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament from 2011 to 2014. In 2015, Teeter also led the Canadian National Team to the country’s first gold medal by winning the 2015 FIL Under-19 World Championship.
In the last five years, Teeter has made a habit of lifting a trophy at the end of the season. In 2011, Canisius won a school-record 14 games and capped the successful campaign with the program’s first MAAC Tournament title. The Griffs also added postseason championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014 – becoming the first school in MAAC history to win four-straight conference titles – while also winning the regular-season crown in 2013 and 2015.
The Griffs have also made their mark on the national scene in the last five years. Canisius finished the 2011 campaign with a final RPI ranking of 24 and ahead of perennial powers Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Richmond and Boston University. The 2012 and 2013 teams continued to raise the bar the following two seasons, advancing to the NCAA Tournament before narrowly falling to No. 8/15 Massachusetts, 13-12, in 2012 and No. 7 Penn State, 14-13, in 2013. The 2014 squad earned a marquee win for the program with a victory over Ohio State – a team that finished the season ranked 10th in the final IWLCA poll.
Canisius student-athletes have also been recognized on the national level with eight players earning regional All-America honors in the last five seasons. Maria Kotas and Tori Quinn became the first two Griffs to earn first-team accolades in 2014 and 2015, respectively, while Erica Evans was the first Canisius freshman (and one of just five in the country) to collect the honor in 2015.
The success for the Golden Griffin women’s lacrosse team is even more remarkable knowing the rough starting position that Teeter was handed. Canisius won only 11 games and two conference matches in the program’s first seven seasons before Teeter made his mark. The 2005 and 2015 MAAC Coach of the Year, Teeter is now the winningest coach in the conference’s history with 117 career victories and 54 MAAC wins.
To add to his four MAAC Championships, Teeter has also served as head coach of the Canadian Under-19 National Team since 2009. He guided the team to a bronze-medal showing during the 2011 championship in Hannover, Germany, before earning the country’s first women’s field lacrosse title at the 2015 FIL World Championship in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The achievements under Teeter are not limited to just the last five years. The highlights include:
• Teeter has recruited and coached two players who competed in the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. He has also coached 13 student-athletes who have participated in the Under-19 World Championship.
• Teeter has mentored 16 Griffs to Player of the Year accolades, including 12 in the last four campaigns. He has led five student-athletes to MAAC Offensive Player of the Year honors, the first four MAAC Midfielders of the Year in the past four seasons, six MAAC Defensive Players of the Year and one MAAC Rookie of the Year.
• A total of 60 players have earned All-MAAC accolades under Teeter’s guidance.
• Teeter was named the league’s Coach of the Year in just his third season after leading the Griffs to an eight-win improvement in 2005. He collected the honor for a second time in 2015 after a conference-record eight regular-season MAAC wins.
Before coming to Canisius, Teeter served as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Buffalo State College in 2002, where he helped guide the program to its best-ever finish at 5-6. Prior to his work at Buffalo State, he served as a student-assistant coach and team manager for the Canisius women’s lacrosse team for four years. He helped with instruction during practices and also assisted with game-day operations.
Teeter was a four-year letterwinner for the Canisius College ice hockey team, graduating from the school in 2002. He played field lacrosse for his high school in Shelburne, Ontario, while also playing box lacrosse for the Orangeville Northmen in Western Ontario.
Teeter graduated from Canisius with a degree in physical education in 2002 and earned his master’s degree in physical education with a concentration in sport psychology and coaching from Canisius in 2004.
Teeter and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Orchard Park with their newborn daughter, Olivia.