GAIT STEPS DOWN AS MAMMOTH COACH
Lacrosse legend leaves to pursue other interests
Kroenke Sports Enterprises, the owners of the Colorado Mammoth, have confirmed that Gary Gait will leave the company to pursue other interests.
Gait has coached the Colorado Mammoth for the past two seasons, winning the 2006 National Lacrosse League championship in his first season on the Mammoth bench. He had served as team captain while playing for the Mammoth in the three previous seasons, capping a lacrosse career in which he was widely regarded as the best player in the sport.
"Gary is an icon and has laid the foundation for the growth of lacrosse in Colorado," Mammoth general manager Steve Govett said. "He will always have a place in Colorado sports history and we all wish him the very best."
Gait took over as coach of the Mammoth on June 21, 2005. He led the team to a 22-10 regular-season record and was 3-1 in the playoffs, including the 2006 title. He retired as a player from the NLL at the end of the 2005 season, his 15th, owning league records for most single-season goals and most consecutive All-Pro team appearances. He was named the league's most valuable player a record six times and retired as the NLL's all-time leading scorer with 1,091 points. He was voted in as a charter member to the NLL Hall of Fame shortly before his retirement.
Govett said the search for a new head coach is underway. "The core of our team will be back this season," he said. "A new coach has a great opportunity to work with some of the best players in the league."