Term: 2020-24 (four-year term)
Residing: San Diego, California, USA
A highly-respected leader in international and professional lacrosse with more than 30 years of experience as a player, coach and team executive, Steve Govett jointed the World Lacrosse board as an independent director in 2020.
Govett, who is president of the San Diego Seals professional indoor lacrosse franchise in the National Lacrosse League, has spent the better part of three decades in the league, first as a player and for the past 22 years as an executive. He was named president of the San Diego Seals when the expansion team was awarded by the NLL in 2017.
From 2002 to 2017, Govett was the president, general manager and governor of the Colorado Mammoth, owned and operated by Denver-based Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. In Govett’s tenure, he built one of the league’s most successful organizations both on and off the field. The Mammoth were one of just two teams to make the playoffs 14 times in his 15 seasons and Colorado finished first or second in league attendance 14 times. Under Govett’s direction, the Mammoth claimed three division titles and won the NLL championship in 2006.
In addition to his success in professional lacrosse, Govett has been extensively involved in international competition since the mid-90s.
A dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, Govett first played in international competition in the 1994 World Championship, winning a bronze medal with Team Canada. Four years later, he took home the silver medal in a double overtime loss to the U.S. that’s been touted as the greatest game ever played. The Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, native then went on to general manager roles for both the U.S. and Canadian National Teams, winning multiple world titles in the process.
In 2016, Govett was inducted into the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in the sport of lacrosse, and was later enshrined into his college athletics hall of fame.