The NLL’s newest franchise, Panther City Lacrosse Club, announced on Wednesday that they’ve hired Dan Teat as the assistant offensive coach. This is big news for Brampton lacrosse fans! Dan is not only a lifelong Brampton Excelsior as well as head coach of the Major team, but also a founding member and President of the ELLA.
Dan played for Brampton from minor right up until his retirement from Major lacrosse as the Captain of the Excelsiors. He first began making a name for himself in 1988 when he was awarded Rookie of the Year by the Ontario Jr. A Lacrosse League. Just a few years later he repeated that distinction when he moved up to Major lacrosse, while also helping the Excelsiors hoist the Mann Cup that same season. Over the next 16 years he won another four National Championships with Brampton, as well as an NLL championship with Rochester.
After a year off Dan came back to the Excelsiors, this time on the Bench as Assistant coach, and helped lead the team to its third Cup in four years. But his coaching highlights don’t end there. In 2018 Dan coached the Brampton Jr. A’s to the Minto Cup finals for the first time since 2009 (their first Provincial title since 1994). The following season he moved back up to the bench of the Majors, this time as head coach and helped the young underdog team show that they wouldn’t be taken lightly.
All these accolades have earned Dan lifetime membership in the BELC, as well as spots in the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame, the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Despite his high profile, Dan has also been involved for years with the BMLA. Coaching his sons in minor he has added another Provincial and two more National titles to his list of accomplishments, not to mention the skills and knowledge he has passed on to future lacrosse stars.
Dan Teat is a true ambassador of lacrosse. Passionate, competitive and highly knowledgeable there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he will make a significant impact on the Panther City bench. Brampton, the Excelsiors and the ELLA are proud of you Dan. Way to go!