Junior Women’s Head Coach & Scotland Development Coach
The Board of Lacrosse Scotland is delighted to announce Dave Simpson as the new National Junior Women’s Head Coach and Scotland Development Coach.
From high school level to national programmes, Dave brings a wealth of lacrosse experience from his impressive coaching career. This has included 6 years coaching the Scotland Senior Women’s team and most recently, the New Zealand National Women’s team. We are excited to see Dave return to the Scotland programme to not only lead the Junior programme, but to also continue his previous work of growing lacrosse in Scotland, notably within schools.
After a robust recruitment process with interest from both sides of the Atlantic we are excited at the programme Coach Simpson can build. This new impetus in our youth performance pathway will be in tandem with our efforts to develop the number of independent and state schools playing the sport in Scotland over the term of our Lacrosse Scotland 2020-2024 strategic plan cycle.
Iain M Stewart, Independent Director – Performance & Development
Going into my third year with the Junior programme, I am very excited at the prospect of working alongside Coach Dave and to continue growing the programme in Scotland.
Flora Goodfellow, Junior Women’s Manager
I’m honored and thrilled to be back with Lacrosse Scotland and to be leading the U19 program as we build toward the 2023 U19 World Championships. Having coached the national squad, I not only will be focused on preparing the U19 players to perform at Worlds, but I will also be training them with a view to set them up for success as they move up to represent Scotland at the senior level.
I have always had a passion for doing talent identification and development for rising players and coaches, and so I’m excited to take on the role of Player and Coaching Development Officer on top of head coaching the U19 squad. I look forward to engaging with schools, clubs, and universities around Scotland to help raise the level of play and grow the sport.