Peter Ginnegar, the Uganda Lacrosse Cranes head coach Credit: Uganda Lacrosse Association
[/media-credit] Peter Ginnegar is the new Uganda Lacrosse Cranes head coach Credit: Uganda Lacrosse Association

Peter Ginnegar, an Israel national has been named as the new Uganda Lacrosse national team head coach as confirmed by the Uganda Lacrosse Association president, Jaffari Makanda.

Makanda is quoted by the Association website stated;

The ULA is so excited to have Pete Ginnegar to serve as our new head coach.

He brings a wealth collegiate head coaching experience and is very well prepared for the international game.

He knows how to win and teach as was evident in 2015 by coaching Barak Netanya Lacrosse Club to the first ever Israel Premier Lacrosse League championship and in winning a silver medal as a member of the coaching staff at the 2016 European championship with Israel

Ginnegar is expected to lead the team through to the 2018 World Games in Israel slated for next summer.

He has previously served as an assistant coach for the Israel Lacrosse Association for the past 6 years.

He was on the sidelines last summer as an assistant coach with Israel who won silver at the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships in Budapest.

Ginnegar is overwhelmed about the appointment and ready to embark on the task before him;

I would like to thank the Uganda Lacrosse Association for the opportunity of a lifetime, and to be a part of the growth of the Uganda National Lacrosse Team.

I believe that we can develop Team Uganda into an international force in the sport of Lacrosse.

I hope that what we can accomplish in Uganda, can help in the development of other up and coming programs in Africa such as Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa.

For the sport to flourish not just in Uganda, but on the African continent, it is imperative that we develop youth and school lacrosse programs as a means to develop strong national team programs for both men and women.

This sport has taken me to some amazing places, and I am so very excited about starting this next chapter

He also has served as the Head Coach for Barak Netanya LC in the Israel Premier Lacrosse League, and guided the “Bolts” to the first ever IPLL Championships in 2015.

Ginnegar, who has coached at every NCAA Division and MCLA Division level, just completed his 40th season of collegiate coaching, and currently served as the Head Lacrosse Coach at the Claremont Colleges (MCLA Div. I) in California since 2004.

He has also had coaching stints at Cornell University, Ohio State University, Mercyhurst University, as well as many others such as the University of Mary Washington, Babson College, and the University of Southern California.

He was named the USLIA national coach of the year in 2006. He is a graduate of Queens College in NY, and was a three-sport varsity athlete in Lacrosse, Ice Hockey and Soccer.

He was inducted in the QC Hall of Fame in 2015.

Relatedly, Matt Holman is the new team manager.

Meanwhile, Uganda Lacrosse Association will be hosting the East Africa 7’s Tournament in August with teams from the Ireland, Israel, USA and England, Kenya and Rwanda competing.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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