St. Bonaventure University men’s lacrosse head coach Randy Mearns is just weeks away from leading the first group of Bonnies into their initial season at the Division I level, but first he’s got another challenge in his sights.
Mearns is currently in Israel serving as head coach of the Canadian national team at the FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championship.
It’s a reprisal of what has already been an extremely successful role for Mearns, who was named Bonnies head coach last year. The St. Catharines, Ontario native previously led Team Canada to the gold at the 2014 world championships.
“We are excited to have Randy return as Canada’s head coach,” said Dean French, chairman of the national team program. “His leadership at the world championships in 2014 was one of the reasons Canada brought home the gold medal.”
Mearns has had an involvement with the Canadian national team program for the past three decades as a player and a coach. He was a player on the silver medal winning team at the inaugural FIL U19 World Championship in 1988 in Adelaide, Australia, and also suited up for the senior team in 1998 in Baltimore, where he captured another silver.
He made the jump to the coaching ranks a decade later, serving as an assistant coach with the senior men’s field team at the 2006 and 2010 world championships, winning gold and silver, respectfully. He was promoted to head coach for the 2014 world championship, where his team defeated a heavily favored U.S. squad to win gold.
“We are really excited with the roster that we have selected and as a coaching staff are honored to have the chance to lead this team at the 2018 World Championships,” said Mearns. “Canadian lacrosse talent continues to evolve and excel at the highest levels of the sport. As a group, we spent a lot time working through our selection process and in the end obviously had to make some very tough decisions. With so many elite level players in our pool, it was extremely challenging to bring it to the final 23, but now the journey begins.”
Competition gets underway Thursday. Games will be streamed through ESPN and ESPN+.
Here is the full Team Canada schedule (all games streaming live on the ESPN app with some games streaming through ESPN+. Check online listings):
July 13 @ 2:00 p.m. ET vs England
July 14 @ 11:00 a.m. ET vs Scotland ESPNU
July 15 @ 12:00 p.m. ET vs USA ESPN2
July 16 @ 2:00 p.m. ET vs Iroquois ESPNU
July 17 @ 7:30 a.m. ET vs Australia ESPNU
July 19 @ 11:00 a.m. ET (Semifinal 1) ESPNU
July 19 @ 2:00 p.m. ET (Semifinal 2) ESPNU
July 20 @ 11:00 a.m. ET (Bronze Medal) ESPNU
July 21 @ 3:00 a.m. ET (Gold Medal) ESPN2