Lakers Welcome New Offensive Coordinator, Scott Stapleford
The Burnaby Lakers Senior A Lacrosse Club is excited to share that Scott Stapleford will join the organization in the role of Offensive Coordinator in preparation for the 2024 Western Lacrosse Association season. He will be on the bench with current Head Coach Todd Stockdale and Defensive Coordinator Travis Gillespie.
“We’re thrilled to bring Scott onto our coaching staff at a time when we are starting to look ahead at next season. I have no doubt that his keen understanding of the game and his dedication and commitment to sharing it is going to have an immediate impact on our players,” said Lakers General Manager, Kevin Hill.
Stapleford has playing experience at all levels of lacrosse and has coached internationally since his retirement in 2009.
He was drafted 49th overall by the Toronto Rock in the 2002 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft and spent six seasons as a transition player for the Toronto Rock, Colorado Mammoth, and Portland LumberJax. He played in 62 games in the NLL, registering 26 goals, 32 assists, and 58 penalty minutes. In 2006, he won the NLL Championship with the Mammoth.
His international experience included winning bronze with Team USA in both of his appearances, at the 2003 and 2007 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
For the past eight years, Stapleford has served as Assistant Coach for Team Germany Indoor Lacrosse in international play. His depth of knowledge and dedication to the sport has contributed to the tremendous growth indoor lacrosse has experienced in Germany and on the world's stage.
In his junior career, Stapleford, who is originally from Windsor, Ontario, became a member of the Whitby Warriors after winning a Founders Cup with the Wallaceburg Red Devils in 2001. After graduating to senior, he played multiple seasons as a member of the Brooklin Redmen of Major Series Lacrosse.
Stapleford shared, “The Lakers have the youth, strength, and skill to grow into an even more competitive team and I am looking forward to bringing my experience to the organization. I’ve had the benefit of playing for some world class coaches throughout my career and I am excited for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned with this young group.”
As plans for the 2024 season start to solidify, the Lakers are looking forward to making and announcing territorial protection picks in January and planning for the WLA Draft of Graduating Juniors which will take place in early February.