Steve Govett was named president of the San Diego Seals when the expansion team was awarded by the League and publicly announced on August 30, 2017.
From 2002 to June 2017, Govett was the president, general manager and governor of the Colorado Mammoth, owned and operated by Denver-based Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE). In Govett’s tenure, he built one of the League’s most successful organizations both on and off the field. The Mammoth was one of just two teams to make the playoffs 14 times in his 15 seasons, and the city took notice. Colorado finished first or second in League attendance 14 times.
He was instrumental in bringing the National Lacrosse League and the former Washington Power franchise to Colorado, just as he was in bringing professional lacrosse to southern California in 2017.
Under Govett’s direction, the Mammoth claimed three division titles and won the NLL championship in 2006. His leadership helped grow downtown Denver’s sports and entertainment economy, while the team made a positive impact on area youth with various charitable donations and community outreach programs including player clinics, school appearances and hospital visits.
Govett was named the NLL’s Executive of the Year in 2004, and has served as a long-time contributor to the League on multiple business fronts. He works closely with the Commissioner to ensure the long-term vitality of the NLL and its teams, and has served as the NLL’s Chairman of the Board of Governors on two occasions.
Govett has extensive experience in international competition, currently serving on the board of the World Lacrosse Organization. Under his leadership at the 2018 FIL Men’s Field Lacrosse World Championship in Israel, the team came in second place after a close finals where the winning goal was scored in the last second. He served on the staff of the 2006 Team Canada world champion outdoor team, and helped assemble the roster that won the world title in the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. In the 1990s, Govett was a medal-winning player for his native Canadian squad.