Gait Heritage Winter Classic

About Gary Gait

Coach Gait is a 10-time NCAA champion, having won three titles as a player for the Orange (1988-90) and seven as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at the University of Maryland (1995-01).

Gait began his coaching career as an assistant at Maryland, where he helped build one of the most impressive dynasties in NCAA history. The Terps compiled a remarkable 164-16 overall record in his nine years on the staff, including four undefeated seasons and seven consecutive NCAA championships (1995-01).

Since taking the helm at Syracuse, he has compiled an overall record of 150-48, while coaching his teams to berths in two national championship games and seven national semifinals. Gait’s success as a coach might only be surpassed by his accomplishments as a player. He has won every major collegiate, professional and international championship in the sport during his career, including his three NCAA championships with the Orange, three NLL titles (1991, 1994-95), three MLL titles (2001-02, 2005), three Mann Cups (1991, 1997, 1999), which are awarded to the senior men’s lacrosse champions of Canada, the Heritage Cup (2004), which goes to the winner of the international box lacrosse tournament every two years, and the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) World Championship (2006).

Gait and his twin brother, Paul, began their playing careers at Syracuse in 1987. There the duo revolutionized lacrosse, bringing a sense of style and excitement to the game that had never been seen before. At no time was that more evident than in the 1988 national semifinal against Penn at the Carrier Dome when Gary unveiled the “Air Gait,” scoring twice by dunking over the top of the goal from behind.

Individually, he earned All-America honors four times. He also won the Lt. Raymond Enners Award (National Player of the Year) twice (1988, 1990) and the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin Jr. Award (Midfielder of the Year) in 1988 and 1990.