Three Questions for Gina Oliver

[Editor’s Note: From time to time we will feature a short Q&A with an IWLCA member coach. The format will be one question about lacrosse, one question about life, and one fun question.]

Q&A with Gina Oliver, Head Coach, University of Cincinnati @GoBearcatsLAX

Photo courtesy of University of Cincinnati Sports Communication office.
Photo courtesy of University of Cincinnati Sports Communication

1 – What is the most important skill for a defender to have in women’s lacrosse and why?

Athleticism and Game Sense! I can’t just pick one. As a defender, you have to know what’s going to happen before it happens. You have to know what the attackers want to do. If you have the game sense and anticipation for that, you should be a GREAT defender! And of course, you have to be able to not only read it, but be athletic enough to get there and make the play! 

2 – What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve ever been given and who gave it to you?

“Never be sorry!”  My dad told me that before he passed away. I try to live by that motto every day. Never be sorry for what you say, what you do, or how you live your life! Because it’s YOURS!

3 – If you had to only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be, and which song would you listen to the most?

WOW! I love music so that is REALLY hard! An album, it would be…Alicia Keys’ Element of Freedom. The song I would listen to the most would be “How it feels to fly.” Old school Mariah Carey would give that a run for its’ money though! 

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