ASHKELON, ISRAEL — Israel Lacrosse recently announced the appointment of Queens College alumni Pete Ginnegar as an assistant coach for the Israel men's national team that will compete at the 2016 ELF Men's European Championship in Budapest, Hungary. He will join head coach Jeff Schwartz and fellow assistant Jordan Hirsch on the sideline to lead Team Israel in pursuit of Israel's first medal.
"Pete brings many years of coaching experience to the sideline," noted Schwartz. "He is incredibly humble and positive and will do anything to help the guys prepare for what lies ahead. I trust Pete as someone who understands the importance of taking care of the little things so they add up to great results."
Ginnegar, who has served the Israeli program as an assistant coach since 2012, is in his 11th season as head coach at Claremont College and his 32nd year overall as a college lacrosse coach. Throughout his storied career, Ginnegar has led programs at many levels, from WCLL schools USCB, USC, and Loyola Marymount to Division I powerhouses Cornell, Ohio State, Gannon, and Mercyhurst. He has also coached athletes at the Division II and III level. In 2015 he led Barak Netanya LC to a championship in the inaugural season of the Israel Premier Lacrosse League.
Ginnegar was a three-sport varsity athlete at Queens, where he participated in lacrosse, ice hockey, and soccer. In 2015, he was inducted into the Queens College Athletics Hall of Fame. Ginnegar will be charged with running the box and will lead scouting.
Ginnegar will relocate to Israel in June to join Schwartz in preparing the National Team for the European Championship.