Coach Rob MacDougall
Coach Rob MacDougall comes with combined skills an artist and a lacrosse coach.
After graduating from Ontario College of Art in 1985, Rob has been one of Canada’s premier sports artists (check out: www.robmacdougall.com) having been commissioned by the NHL, NFL and MLB to name a few. Not only passionate about his career as a sports artist but Rob’s other true passion is lacrosse.
Rob started playing lacrosse in 1965 in the Oakville minor rep system and continued up the ranks through Junior until 1981 when he finished his playing career with the Brampton Excelsiors of the MSL. From 1981-85 Rob focused his attention on his art graduating from college with Honours and embarked on his art career. Rob got involved in lacrosse once again in 1991 as a co-founder to resurrect lacrosse in Oakville after years of dormancy. Rob designed the Oakville Hawks logo and was part of the start up of the Hawks program. In 1992 Rob tried his hand at coaching Peanut lacrosse with his son Dylan. Over 20 years later, Rob is still coaching lacrosse at all levels.
Through the 90′s Rob coached with a young upstart lacrosse player named Troy Cordingley. The knowledge and intensity that Troy brought to the teams they both coached developed many players who went on to great heights in the NLL, NHL as well as Team Canada Rugby. The most notable title in those years was in 2002 when the Bantam team won the Ontario Provincial A Championships. No other Oakville team has ever won an A title since the new regime began in 1991.
In 1996, Rob held the first Celebrity Lacrosse game featuring current and past NHL/NLL players as well as Hall of Famers. This event lead to an annual event in different communities to promote lacrosse.I n 1999 Rob was asked to be on the ground floor of a new team in the NLL in Toronto that had been acquired from Hamilton. The team was named The Toronto Rock. Rob created the Rock logo as well as the initial uniforms. The team has gone on to win many NLL titles. In 2000 Rob was once again on the ground floor launching the Oakville Buzz Junior B team. Once again it was Rob who designed the team logo and uniform. It’s been quite common for Rob to be approached by organizations to help design their logos. Newmarket Redbirds, Burlington Chiefs and Huntsville Hawks are others he as had his hand prints on.
Not only has Rob been involved in coaching minor lacrosse but he has also been on the coaching staff of Team Australia’s National Box team since 2003. The Aussies were looking for a Canadian to come Down Under and teach them how we do things. Rob has had the opportunity to travel the world and participate in World Championships, most recently in Prague, 2011.
Rob is a self proclaimed disciple of Troy Cordingley. He is most effective teaching beginners proper techniques and also breaking bad habits. Rob’s drills are quick movement, high tempo and hard work.