By Julie Duffy, Head Coach, Merrimack College @MerrimackWLAX The end of the 2018-2019 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse season will go down as one of my top favorite moments as a coach. This team found something deep within themselves, learned to believe, and left everything out on the field. I could not be prouder of them… Read More So Why Didn’t Merrimack Make the NCAA Tournament?
By Rachel Smith, Head Coach, DeSales University @dsu_womenslax Many times, I have discussed with my colleagues the similarities and differences between starting a new program and rebuilding one. As it may seem completely crazy that these two things can deal with the same problems, it is true! Vision Building a program starts with a vision… Read More Starting from Scratch vs. Rebuilding
By Mary Schwartz, Head Coach, Roanoke College @RoanokeWLax In the summer time I spend my days training middle school and high school girl’s lacrosse goalies across the United States. On the first day when we are all together, I share the history of this amazing position. I start off talking about the equipment that goalies… Read More The Evolution of the Most Important Position on the Field: The Goalie
By Emily Fisher, Head Coach, University of Mount Union @purpleraiders My approach to coaching and empowering young women shifted this past year as our family faced new hardships and adversity. The experience naturally brought about deep reflection and evaluation of what we do and why we do it. This fall my brother was diagnosed with… Read More Lessons Learned in Coaching
By Samantha Ekstrand, Attorney @SJEkstrand5 [Editor’s note: The author currently serves as legal counsel to the IWLCA, the IMLCA, and the NFCA. She played college lacrosse, coached college lacrosse, now coaches club and rec lacrosse. She has five children who play lots of sports.] My English teacher always said to catch the reader’s attention with… Read More The Secrets to Recruiting
By Ashley Johnson, Head Coach, Alma College @AlmaScotsWLAX Are you looking for a way to bring your team together, avoid player burnout, and help your players become better human beings that appreciate all that they are given? Community service is the answer! I know lacrosse season is upon us and our time over the next… Read More The Power of Volunteering
By Colin McSharar, Head Coach, Anderson University @AURavensWLax In 2016, the night before recruiting at my first ever IWLCA tournament, I stopped by a local watering hole. At the time, I had been an assistant coach at a Division III school in my home state of Indiana for two years. It didn’t pay much. So,… Read More Take the Leap, And Own Your Timeline
By Michelle Smith, Head Coach, Babson College @BabsonWLax I’ve got a bookshelf in my office that is far too small and looks like the used version of the leadership section at Barns and Noble. I love a good book, and while some might say the books on my shelf aren’t pleasure reads, I disagree. I… Read More What’s on Your Bookshelf?
By Erica Brown, Head Coach, Tiffin University @Dragon_Lacrosse As coaches, we cannot control everything no matter how hard we try. We are planners; from practices, to film breakdowns, to scouting reports, to game plans, away trips, recruiting classes, gear orders. Everything is planned down to the year, month, minute and second. What happens when all… Read More When Plans Go Wrong
By Monica Potter, Head Coach, Colorado State University-Pueblo @CSUP_WLAX As coaches, we throw the word “mental toughness” around on the daily. “We lost the game because we just weren’t mentally tough!” “The players today just aren’t as mentally tough as when I played or started in coaching!” “These kids just need to be mentally tough!”… Read More What Does It Mean to Be “Mentally Tough?”