By Judy Finerghty, Head Coach, Vassar College @VassarWLax It seems everywhere we look, there is a new app, watch or gadget designed to track fitness, heart rate, location, calories, sleep, and even mood. At the same time, we coaches are also vigilant in preaching to our players the importance of getting adequate sleep, good nutrition… Read More A Foray Into Biofeedback
By MK Geratowski, Head Coach, Randolph Macon College @RMC_wlax With each new year comes new challenges. Whether it be a small recruiting class or a change in the academic schedule on campus, a life changing event for one of our players or a new facility being built. Each year we, as coaches, have a million… Read More The Case for Traveling Abroad
By Alyssa Voccia, Graduate Assistant Coach, Lenoir-Rhyne University @LRUwlacrosse In life we tend to have a vision of how we want things to go. Unfortunately, life isn’t that simple and just when we think we have things figured out, we hit a bump in the road. While it would be nice for things to always… Read More It’s the Climb
By Jayson Schmidt, Head Coach, Palm Beach Atlantic University @SailfishWLAX Welp. It’s October. Somehow, we’re already here. But it seems like just a few days ago summer was beginning… Ringing in with the cries of eternal freedom that triumphantly announce every summer. At the time, I thought about freedom. “I’m going to set out to… Read More Finding Momentum in the Fall
By Lauren Bennett and Kate Sjaardema, Keiser University @keiser_wlax When you hear the phrase “opposites attract” in the coaching world, the first thought that comes to mind is the classic “Good Cop/Bad Cop” routine; however, the dynamic between a head and assistant coach is so much more than that. Through this article, we hope to… Read More It Takes Two: How Different Motivational Styles Unify the Student-Athlete Experience
By Alex Gambacorta, Marquette University ’18 If I showed you my broken arm and said “I’m injured,” you wouldn’t say to me, “you’re fine,” “suck it up,” or “shake it off.” You would say, “how can I help you make this better?” or ask, “How can I help you heal?” And if I said to… Read More What is the Game Plan for our Mental Health?
[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 Cathy Reese, Head Coach, University of Maryland @MarylandWLax 1 – What is your favorite play to run when you “need” a… Read More Three Questions for Cathy Reese
By Caitlin Hansen, Head Coach, and Allie Modica, Assistant Coach, Saint Leo University @SaintLeoWLax Captains – What are their roles? How many do you name? Are they all upperclassmen? Do you have a leadership council? There are various options when it comes to leadership and each team has to find what works for them. This… Read More A Season Without Captains
[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 Pat McCabe, Head Coach, Adelphi University @Adelphiwlax 1 – Describe the defining characteristics of your ideal student-athlete, on and off the… Read More Three Questions for Pat McCabe
By Lisa Palmisano, parent of two 2020 recruits @palmisano4 [Editor’s Note: The author experienced the recruiting journey with her daughters last year, and now wants to help families understand and take some of the guesswork out of the recruiting process. This entry is based in part on a blog post previously published by the author… Read More Start With the Beginning in Mind!