Israel Lacrosse announced that Pete Ginnegar has been selected as an assistant coach for the Israel Men's National team. Coach Ginnegar will help lead a team that is looking to medal at the 2016 Men's European Championship in Budapest, Hungary. Coach Ginnegar also served as an assistant coach for Team Israel for the 2012 European Championships, where the team finished 8th out of 16 teams.
Ginnegar has led the Claremont Colleges men's lacrosse program since 2005. He saw immediate success and was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Coach of the Year and the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division B Coach of the Year in 2006. Under Ginnegar's guidance, the Cougars moved up from Division 2 to Division 1 in 2008. The team is currently 5-2 this season.
Ginnegar has coached six MCLA First Team All Americans and one MCLA Second Team All American at the Claremont Colleges. Under his tutelage, the Cougars have had four MCLA Academic All Americans and were awarded the James 'Ace' Adams Sportsmanship Award in 2009.
Prior to coaching at the Claremont Colleges, Ginnegar helped lead programs at many different levels, including USC, Mercyhurst, Ohio State, and Cornell. He has 32 years under his belt as a collegiate lacrosse coach. Ginnegar was a three sport varsity athlete at Queens College and was recently inducted into the Queens College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Israel is one of 24 participating nations competing in the ELF European Lacrosse Championships. It's the largest European Championship ever, as 96 total matches will be played over the 10-day event. Israel will look to come out on top in Pool C, which also includes traditional European lacrosse power Sweden. The top two teams from each pool advance to the eight-team Championship Bracket. England is the reigning champion from the 2012 games.
"I would like to thank Israel Lacrosse and Head Coach Jeff Schwartz for giving me this opportunity to once again represent Israel on the world stage," said Ginnegar. "It is very humbling to work with some of the best players and coaches in the world, and I look forward to the challenge of building upon the success that we have forged over the past few years."
Ginnegar will relocate to Israel in June to join Team Israel in preparing for the European Championships, which will be held July 28-August 6 in Budapest, Hungary. Coach Ginnegar plans to return for the Cougars' 2016-17 season upon completion with the Israeli National Team.