KAMPALA, Uganda – Pete Ginnegar, a member of the Queens College Hall of Fame and QC alumnus, has been named head coach of the Uganda National Lacrosse Team, it was announced by the Uganda Lacrosse Association last week.
Ginnegar already serves as head coach of Barak Netanya LC in the Israel Premier Lacrosse League, guiding the Bolts to their first-ever IPLL Championships in 2015. He has spent the last six years as an assistant coach with the Israel Lacrosse Association and assisted the Israeli team at the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships in Budapest, where the squad won a silver medal.
"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," said Ginnegar. "I believe that we can develop Team Uganda into an international force in the sport of lacrosse."
A veteran coach with experience at every NCAA Division and MCLA Division level, Ginnegar recently completed his 40th season of collegiate coaching. He currently serves as head coach for the club team at the Claremont Colleges in California, where he has been since 2004. Ginnegar has also had coaching stints at Ohio State, Cornell, Gannon, Mercyhurst, and many others such as University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Southern California, and Loyola Marymount.
"This sport has taken me to some amazing places," continued Ginnegar. "And I am so very excited about starting this next chapter."
A 1980 graduate of Queens College, Ginnegar was a three-sport varsity athlete for the Knights, competing in lacrosse, ice hockey and soccer. He was inducted into the Queens College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
Ginnegar will return to Israel to coach Barak Netanya LC this summer before heading to Uganda to prepare the Uganda National Lacrosse Team for the East Africa 7's Tournament in August. The tournament will be hosted by the Uganda Lacrosse Association and will feature teams from Ireland, Israel, the United States, England, Kenya, and Rwanda. Ginnegar and the national team will then turn their focus to the 2018 World Games held in Israel next summer.