Since taking the reins of one of the nation’s worst programs, Scott Teeter has completely turned the fortunes of the Canisius College women’s lacrosse team. Now in his 13th season as Golden Griffin head coach, Teeter has guided Canisius from a team that averaged fewer than two wins per season to four-straight MAAC titles in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Teeter’s efforts were fully realized in each of the last four campaigns, leading the Griffs to the top of the MAAC. In 2011, Canisius won a school-record 14 games and capped the successful campaign with the program’s first conference title. In 2012, the Griffs successfully defended their championship and then completed the three-peat in 2013, while also claiming the program’s first regular-season crown and matching a school record with 14 wins. The first school in MAAC history to win four-straight women’s lacrosse titles, the Class of 2014 finished their careers by winning the conference title in each of their four seasons on campus.
The Griffs have also made their mark on the national scene in the last four 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. Finally, 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 six players earning regional All-America honors in the last four seasons. The 2014 campaign saw two Griffs earn the accolade for the second-straight season, while Maria Kotas became the first player in school history to earn first-team All-West/Midwest honors.
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 MAAC Coach of the Year, Teeter is now the winningest coach in the conference’s history with 104 career victories and 46 MAAC wins.
To add to his four MAAC Championships, Teeter also serves as head coach of the Canadian Under-19 National Team, leading the squad in the summer of 2011 at the IFWLA World Championship in Hannover, Germany. Named the team’s coach in December 2009, Teeter guided Canada to a bronze-medal showing, the team’s best finish in the tournament. He is now slated to serve a second term as the program’s head coach for the 2015 World Championship in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The achievements under Teeter are not limited to just the last four campaigns. The highlights include:
• Teeter has recruited and coached two players who competed in the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. He has also coached 10 student-athletes who have participated in the Under-19 World Championship.
• Teeter has mentored 13 Griffs to Player of the Year accolades, including nine in the last three campaigns. He has led four student-athletes to MAAC Offensive Player of the Year honors, the first three MAAC Midfielders of the Year in the past three seasons and six MAAC Defensive Players of the Year.
• A total of 55 players have earned All-MAAC accolades under Teeter’s guidance. The Griffs matched a school record with seven honorees in 2014.
• 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.
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.