Randy Mearns

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Randy Mearns
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamSt. Bonaventure
ConferenceMAAC
Record16-28
Biographical details
Born (1969-05-28) May 28, 1969 (age 53)
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Alma materCanisius College
Playing career
1990-1992Canisius College
1993Buffalo Bandits
1995-2001Rochester Knighthawks
2002Buffalo Bandits
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997-1998Canisius Golden Griffins (asst.)
1998-2017Canisius Golden Griffins
2017–presentSt. Bonaventure Bonnies
Head coaching record
Overall116–185
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
As coach:

2x MAAC Tournament (2008, 2012)
3x MAAC Regular Season (2006, 2008, 2022)
2x World Lacrosse Championship (2006, 2014)

As player:

1x NLL Champions (1997)
5x Mann Cup (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996)
1x Minto Cup (1990)
Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Randy Mearns (born May 28, 1969) is a former lacrosse player and the current head coach of the St. Bonaventure Bonnies men’s lacrosse team. After a 9-year career in the National Lacrosse League, Mearns became the head coach of the Canisius Golden Griffins men’s lacrosse team, where he would coach for 19 seasons before leaving in 2017 to coach for the newly-created lacrosse program at St. Bonaventure.

Mearns, along with the entire 2006 Canadian National lacrosse team, was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, following a lengthy career in the Ontario Lacrosse Association, Major Series Lacrosse and Western Lacrosse Association Canadian professional box lacrosse leagues as a player.[1]

Canadian Box Career[edit]

Mearns played for the St. Catharines Athletics for 5 years. In 1990, Mearns led the team to their first Minto Cup championship since 1950, and was awarded the "Jim McConaghy Memorial Cup" for Minto Cup M.V.P. He was later given the "B.W. Evans Award" for Top Graduating Player.[2] Mearns ranked 36th all time in Canadian Junior A lacrosse assists (regular season and playoffs combined) with 348.[3]

With the Brampton Excelsiors, Mearns won Mann Cup championships in 1992 and 1993, and also won three with the Six Nation Chiefs (’94, ‘95’ ’96).

College career[edit]

Mearns was an All-American NCAA lacrosse player at Canisius College from 1990 to 1992 who is currently 20th all-time in Division I career points-per-game (PPG), having scored 95 goals and 95 assists for 190 career points in 39 games. He is also the all-time leading scorer at Canisius.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Mearns played professionally for the NLL's Buffalo Bandits and Rochester Knighthawks, acting as captain of the 1997 NLL champion Knighthawk team. Rochester also played in the 1995, 1999 and 2000 finals.[5] Since his retirement from professional lacrosse, he has served as the color commentator for the Bandits' radio broadcasts alongside play-by-play man John Gurtler.

Coaching career[edit]

He coached the Canisius men's lacrosse team through 2017, and also was an assistant coach on the Canadian national team that won the gold medal at the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship. Mearns won 94 games in his 18 years of coaching at Canisius, and led the Griffins to their first ever NCAA tournament bid in 2008 where they lost to Syracuse in the first round, and second in 2012 where they lost against Loyola in the first round.[6] Mearns has provided development for his players towards the professional ranks, including Mark Miyashita who graduated from Canisius in 2003 and was the first overall selection in the 2003 National Lacrosse League draft. In a preseason coaches poll, Canisius was picked to repeat in 2009 as MAAC champions. However after a rough start to the season where they lost six straight including 3 one-goal losses, the Griffs ended 2009 on a 4 and 3 run.

Mearns was Head Coach of the Canadian national team that won the gold medal at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship.

Mearns was named the initial head coach for the St. Bonaventure men's Division I lacrosse team, in June 2017.

Head coaching record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Canisius Golden Griffins (MAAC) (1999–2017)
1999 Canisius 4-8 3-5
2000 Canisius 3-10 3-6
2001 Canisius 7-6 4-5
2002 Canisius 5-8 3-4
2003 Canisius 5-9 5-3
2004 Canisius 6-7 6-2
2005 Canisius 5-7 4-4
2006 Canisius 7-8 6-2 1st
2007 Canisius 6-8 5-3
2008 Canisius 10-6 7-1 1st NCAA First Round
2009 Canisius 4-9 3-5 4th
2010 Canisius 6-7 5-3 4th
2011 Canisius 3-9 3–3 2nd
2012 Canisius 6-8 3-3 4th NCAA First Round
2013 Canisius 3-10 2-4 4th
2014 Canisius 7-8 3-3 2nd
2015 Canisius 3-12 2-4 6th
2016 Canisius 4-8 3-3 4th
2017 Canisius 6-9 4-2 3rd
Canisius: 100–157(.389) 74–65(.532)
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (MAAC) (2019–present)
2019 Bonaventure 0-13 0-7 8th
2020 Bonaventure 0-6 0-0
2021 Bonaventure 5-5 2-4 7th
2022 Bonaventure 11-4 5-1 1st
Bonaventure: 16–28 (.364) 7–12 (.368)
Total: 116–185 (.385)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Statistics[edit]

NLL[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM GP G A Pts LB PIM
1993 Buffalo 8 3 3 6 27 4 2 0 0 0 8 2
1995 Rochester 8 2 9 11 29 8 2 0 5 5 10 2
1996 Rochester 10 10 24 34 63 8 1 2 3 5 8 0
1997 Rochester 10 9 17 26 55 18 2 0 6 6 16 0
1998 Rochester 11 7 20 27 44 6 1 0 2 2 2 2
1999 Rochester 10 9 18 27 50 4 2 0 6 6 18 0
2000 Rochester 11 6 20 26 89 6 2 2 2 4 19 2
2001 Rochester 12 2 17 19 75 12 1 0 2 2 3 0
2002 Buffalo 15 14 24 38 66 4 -- -- -- -- -- --
NLL Totals 95 62 152 214 498 70 13 4 26 30 84 8

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OLA[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985 Niagara Warriors OLA Jr B 2 1 1 2 0 -- -- -- -- --
1985 St. Catharines Athletics OLA Jr A 4 2 2 4 0 -- -- -- -- --
1986 St. Catharines Athletics OLA Jr A 20 15 25 40 8 10 3 5 8 2
1987 St. Catharines Athletics OLA Jr A 25 33 70 103 23 9 10 20 30 8
1988 St. Catharines Athletics OLA Jr A 15 28 33 61 6 6 7 13 20 2
1989 St. Catharines Athletics OLA Jr A 24 31 61 92 17 11 7 18 25 2
1990 St. Catharines Athletics OLA Jr A 18 39 62 101 11 9 16 39 55 8
1991 Brampton Excelsiors MSL 13 14 14 28 2 6 -- 6 6 --
1992 Brampton Excelsiors MSL 14 12 12 24 2 12 14 11 25 6
1993 Brampton Excelsiors MSL 15 22 31 53 10 9 7 10 17 6
1994 Six Nations Chiefs MSL 20 15 33 48 43 18 7 24 31 31
1995 Six Nations Chiefs MSL 18 15 33 48 29 14 4 20 24 19
1996 Six Nations Chiefs MSL 18 12 22 34 33 6 1 9 10 --
1997 Niagara Falls Gamblers MSL 15 12 29 41 12 16 16 15 31 24
1998 Buffalo MSL 10 7 11 18 4 9 5 13 18 4
1999 Brampton Excelsiors MSL 2 1 3 4 -- 19 9 26 35 2
Junior A Totals 106 148 253 401 65 45 43 95 138 22
Senior A Totals 125 110 188 298 135 109 63 134 197 92

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Canisius College[edit]

     
Season GP G A Pts PPG
1990 16 45 49 94 5.58
1991 13 30 18 48 3.69
1992 10 20 28 48 4.80
Totals 39 95 95 190 4.87 (a)
(a) 20th in NCAA career points-per-game

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Power's bible of Lacrosse Stats". Power's Bible of Lacrosse. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13.
  2. ^ "O.L.A. Junior A Trophy Winners". wampsbibleoflacrosse.com.
  3. ^ "Top 100 Career Leaders For Goals, Assists, And Points In Canadian Junior A Lacrosse". wampsbibleoflacrosse.com.
  4. ^ "Canisius Griffins Coach Bio". Canisius University.
  5. ^ "Rochester Knighthawks History". Rochester Knighthawks website.
  6. ^ "Canisius Defeats VMI to Claim Its First MAAC Title". LaxPower.com. May 4, 2008.

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