Scott Browning 

For more than fifty years, Scott Browning has dedicated himself to the sport of lacrosse and he epitomizes the popular expression “grow the game.” Browning has tirelessly given himself to the sport, at every level, from Minor to Junior A and World Field & Box Championships and in the local, provincial, national, and international lacrosse scenes.

Scott started his playing career with the Esquimalt Lacrosse Association at the tender age of 5. He excelled in the sport through his Minor lacrosse years, Junior A and Sr. A box careers. Although a talented box player, Browning found his true calling in the field version of the game. As a member of the Victoria Seaspray/Waxmen, Scott was a key member of eleven Canadian Field Champion teams and sixteen BC Provincial Champion teams and from 1989 to 1991, he represented Canada as a member of the National Field team, capturing the Silver Medal at the 1990 World Championships.

Late in his successful playing career, Browning turned his attention to administration and coaching in both box and field lacrosse; his coaching career has spanned more than thirty-five years (and counting) and has positively impacted well over a thousand athletes. He has been Head Coach of a number of BC Provincial Field teams and coached at the World Championship Silver Medal performance and again, in 2012, as Assistant Coach Canadian National U19 Team, winning the World Championship Silver Medal.

Scott’s coaching style and mentorship has served as a positive role model for these athletes and has helped many of his players reach the top echelon of the sport. As a testament to this, more than 70 of Scott’s former players have progressed in their lacrosse careers to play in the NCAA, with many progressing to play professionally in the National Lacrosse League &/or the Premier Lacrosse League. Further, 5 former players have represented Canada in Men’s Field and/or Box Lacrosse.

In addition to his contributions as coach, he was a Contributing writer for CLA Field Technical Level 1 program and a Contributor to CLA Field Competitive Coach Development Program.

From 2013 to 2020 to Scott was the Head Coach of the Hong Kong Men’s Lacrosse Program, covering development programs for both players and coaches, and Representative Field and Box teams who competed at the World Championships (2014 and 2018 in Field and 2019 in Box) and the Hong Kong U19 Men’s Field Team that competed at the 2016 World Championship. During this time, Scott played a major role in the development and growth of lacrosse in Hong Kong and SE Asia as the Hong Kong field and box teams competed in a number of international tournaments including Australia, Germany, Czech Republic, Taiwan, and Thailand.

What did you first think about and feel when hearing the news of your induction into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame?

 I was very proud to join such an illustrious group, it is a great honor. I immediately thought of my late father Archie Browning who was inducted as a player in 1971.

What are one or two special or memorable moments or achievements that you feel were special highlights in your lacrosse career?

Representing Canada at World Championships as both a player (1990), then as a Coach (1999 and 2012)

Developing lacrosse and coaching internationally, most notably in Hong Kong from 2013 to early 2020 (start of the pandemic)

Were there any critical decisions that changed your path?

Nope… I knew I would move from playing to coaching and sharing my passion and knowledge of the game.

Are there special individuals whose support or influence made a difference in your journey?

There are so many great people I have had the privilege to coach and worked with over near 5 decades.  To name a few would be an injustice to so many.

Without the support of my wife Marie and family this would not have been possible.

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