- President, General Manager & Governor
Steve Govett, in his 12th season at the helm of the Colorado Mammoth organization, was instrumental in bringing the National Lacrosse League and the former Washington Power franchise to Colorado. Having spent time with the franchise in Washington, Govett has been able to build and maintain one of the most talented rosters and successful franchises in the NLL in his 11-plus years in Denver.
Under Govett’s leadership, the Mammoth has won three division titles, made 10 playoff appearances and captured the 2006 NLL championship. The Mammoth has led the league in attendance five times (including the 2013 season), helping to grow downtown Denver’s sports and entertainment economy. The team also has made a positive impact on area youth with various charitable donations and community outreach programs, including player clinics, school appearances and hospital visits.
In the fall of 2012, Govett was named the Vice President of New Business Development for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. He is responsible to lead the evaluation, analysis and development of potential new business ventures for KSE.
In his early days as an executive, after two successful seasons as General Manager of the Philadelphia Wings, Govett joined the newly-formed Washington franchise as president and general manager in 2001. Govett led the Power to two winning seasons, the NLL semifinals in 2001 and 2002, and the East Division title in 2002 before the franchise relocated to Denver.
After the Mammoth compiled a league-best 13-3 record in 2004, Govett was named the NLL’s Executive of the Year. Govett works closely with the NLL Commissioner to ensure the long-term vitality of the league and its teams, and was instrumental in the negotiation of the League’s new seven-year Collective Bargaining Agreement. A member of the league’s properties and expansion committees, Govett has twice served as general manager of the U.S. world indoor lacrosse team. He was also general manager of Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2007 world indoor championship, and served on the staff of the 2006 Team Canada Outdoor team. He is the general manager of Team Canada’s Outdoor team that will compete in the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
In October of 2009, Govett and his staff were instrumental in the creation of the NLL All-Star Series in Melbourne, Australia. After three years of planning and preparation, 32 NLL players made their way to Melbourne to compete in a two game series at Hisense Arena, home of the Australian Open.
Govett was a physical presence for the Philadelphia Wings from 1994-1998, collecting 26 goals, 23 assists and 115 penalty minutes in 36 regular-season games. During his five-year career, the Wings won three league championships (1994, 1995 and 1998). In 1999, Govett took the next step in his career when he combined his extensive lacrosse experience with his professional expertise. The result was a seasoned executive - the new Wings’ general manager.
A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Govett maintains dual citizenship in Canada and the United States, where he took the oath of citizenship on March 24, 2005. An avid golfer and youth lacrosse coach, he and his wife, Eileen, reside in Highlands Ranch, CO, with their two children, Mackenzie and Jake.