TEAM

GEOFF SNIDER

Founder and CEO

President and Founder of ELEV8 Lacrosse Inc., Geoff Snider, has played 19 Seasons of professional lacrosse. His complete dedication at all levels of the sport is both genuine and passionate. Geoff is compelled to assist ELEV8 student-athletes reach their maximum potential while creating enriched training and learning opportunities both on and off the field.

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Geoff began his lacrosse career with the Burnaby Lakers of the BC Junior ‘A” Lacrosse League, winning three Minto Cups (1998, 2000, and 2002). Originally a 2001 first-round draft pick of the Vancouver Ravens, Geoff chose to play collegiate lacrosse with the University of Denver Pioneers and was again eligible for the NLL Draft following graduation. In 2006, Geoff was drafted into the MLL by the Denver Outlaws in the first round, seventh overall, and into the NLL by the Philadelphia Wings in the first round, fourth overall.

During his professional NLL playing career with the Calgary Roughnecks and Philadelphia Wings, Geoff was the two-time NLL All-Star MVP (2008 & 2012), the NLL’s all-time leader in regular season faceoff wins (2,468) and playoff wins (208). Geoff was named to five NLL All-Star games (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012).

In addition to his NLL playing career, Geoff was drafted by the Denver Outlaws of the MLL and played in the MLL All-star Game representing the Western conference. He participated in two MLL championships, in 2008 with the Denver Outlaws and with the 2009 champions, the Toronto Nationals.

On the international stage, Geoff has represented Canada Five times at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, three times as a player, capturing two gold medals (2006 & 2014) and an MVP title (2006) and a silver medal in 2010, and twice as an Assistant Coach (2012, 2016) with the National Men’s Under 19 Canadian Field Lacrosse Team.

When not playing lacrosse, Geoff is focused on developing the ELEV8 Lacrosse brand; educating and developing student-athletes to take the next step in their lacrosse career and become excellent citizens in the community. Geoff looks forward to spearheading the program's influence throughout Canada in the coming years.

BOB SNIDER

Vice President Operations and Player Development

Born and raised in Calgary, AB, Bob began his lacrosse career with the Calgary Hornets Lacrosse Association. In 2003, he started playing for the Burnaby Lakers in the BC Junior A Lacrosse League as a defensive player and quickly climbed the ranks to be named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.  He also helped his team bring home 3 Minto Cup championship titles.

After his time with the Lakers, Bob was off to Louisville, KY to play for Bellarmine University Knights Lacrosse team.  While studying for his BA in Business Administration with a minor in Economics, Bob was also named Team Captain of the Bellarmine Knights two years in a row.  He also boasts bragging rights for holding the record in face-off wins and ground balls with the Knights.

In 2010, Bob was drafted 16th overall in the NLL entry draft by the Philadelphia Wings and today currently plays with the Calgary Roughnecks of the NLL.  

When he’s not honing his skills as a lacrosse player, he takes to the field as a lacrosse coach and position as the Director, Player Development with the ELEV8 Lacrosse program. His extensive lacrosse experience allows him to know what it takes to develop the skills necessary to compete and succeed in all levels of lacrosse. 

"Our passion is to grow the sport by teaching student-athletes to understand positive values as they compete as a team and mature on the lacrosse field together. Lacrosse has given us so much; an opportunity to obtain an excellent education, lifelong friends and a chance to see the world. We are incredibly privileged and proud to be able to be a resource for our student-athletes as they grow in their lacrosse careers."

coaching staff

Founded in 2007, ELEV8 Lacrosse is a growing company with a best in class reputation and a profound focus in athletic and educational programming. The organization has a unique blend of established lacrosse insiders, a professional medical team and talented support staff.  Everyone in the organization is united by a passion for excellence and to positively impact the student-athletes in all ELEV8 programs.  

TEAM SUPPORT

Dr. Amy Mackinnon

Medical Director

Dr. Amy MacKinnon holds a Bachelor of Science and Human Kinetics degree with Honours from St. Francis Xavier University.  She then graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) obtaining her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree with Clinic Honors. Amy also attended McMaster University and received her certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture.

Amy’s passion for the betterment and function of the human body stems from her many years as a competitive soccer player and freestyle/free ride skier. She played four years of varsity soccer at St. Francis Xavier University and was team captain, Academic All-Canadian and Atlantic University Sport All-Star. Amy has experience providing sports therapy to an array of different student and professional athletes.  She also has experience providing therapy and functional rehabilitation programs for children including those with Autism and other developmental delays.

Dr. MacKinnon has over ten years of experience in strength and conditioning and baseline testing of high performance athletes. She also has over five years of experience in aiding the development and implementation of off-season training programs for professional hockey players.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time in the mountains, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, road biking and golfing with family and friends.

Dr. Ian Auld

Team Physician

Dr. Auld earned an honours Kinesiology degree from the University of Victoria in 1995, he then studied medicine at the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1999. A family medicine residency brought Ian out to Calgary where he graduated in 2001.

Dr. Auld has been working in the field of sport medicine for the last 13 years and is presently a team physician for the Calgary Flames, Calgary Stampeders, Calgary Hitmen, and Hockey Canada’s men’s and junior programs. With Hockey Canada, he has been on 5 world championship teams (World Junior 2005, 06, 09) and Men’s (2004, 2007). He is also serving as a team physician for Canada’s National Alpine Ski team.

Dr. Auld is married with two children and is a competitive cyclist in his spare time.

Administration staff

andrew mcbride

Director of Grassroots Development

Dan Taylor

CLASSROOM Lacrosse Director

Maria Deitz

Director of Corporate Development and Community Engagement

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Nelson Mandela