By Jen O’Brien, Head Coach, Virginia Commonwealth University @VCU_Lacrosse 2013 proved to be quite a banner year for me both personally and professionally. Within two months I had experienced three major life changes. I was married in June of that year, became a first time head coach of a new program in July, and moved… Read More Is There a Difference Between Raising Toddlers and Coaching College Lacrosse?
By Alice Mercer, Assistant Coach, Niagara University @NiagaraWLAX Looking back on my first year as an assistant coach, I started to recall all of the “ah ha” moments I had throughout the year. Here are a few of my favorites: Job description “What do you do all day?” Ahh, one of my favorites. Many people… Read More Things You Never Realized as a Player
By Jordan Beech, Head Coach, Oklahoma Baptist University @OBU_Lacrosse “Jordan Beech, Head Coach, Oklahoma Baptist.” As you might imagine, that got me some funny looks when I first introduced myself during the new coaches’ recognition at last year’s IWLCA annual Meetings. It just comes with the territory when you’re coaching in a lacrosse Siberia.… Read More Coaching in a Lacrosse Siberia
By Mike Scerbo, Assistant Athletic Director for NCAA Compliance and former head women’s lacrosse coach, Duquesne University @CompliantMike In the spring of 1996 (I know, I’m old) I started my coaching career as an assistant coach at SUNY Oswego. After 21 years, with stops along the way as a head coach at Limestone College, an… Read More Ten Things I Wish They Told Me Before I Started Coaching
By Adrienne Berkland, Head Coach, Savannah College of Art & Design @SCADWLAX The NAIA – what’s that? If you had asked me that very question ten years ago I would just have been giving you guesses. I grew up and played lacrosse collegiately in Massachusetts – the land of NCAA Division III. Within an hour… Read More NAIA? What’s That?
Many prospective student-athletes (PSAs) experience a case of nerves surrounding campus visits. If the school is among your top choices, there can be a great deal of pressure to have a great visit. The fact that no two coaching staffs conduct visits exactly the same way can leave you feeling unprepared for your visit. But… Read More Coaches Talk Campus Visits
By Julika Blankenship, Head Coach, Winthrop University @WinthropLax Division I… Division II… Division III… Three dividing categories, rife with stereotypes and assumptions. Do most lacrosse fans and followers really understand the true and valid differences between the three? I did not have a solid understanding of each as I embarked upon my athletic career (WAY… Read More Passion Knows No Division
By the IWLCA Division I Legislation Committee @IWLCA You know that feeling, when all eyes are on you. As September 1 approaches, college coaches, administrators, media, and the NCAA are all watching to see how the lacrosse community handles the first cycle of delayed recruiting contact under the new NCAA Division I lacrosse recruiting legislation.… Read More Everyone Is Watching
By Josh Hexter, Head Coach, Elon University @ElonWLax There is so much in life that require patience and love. Like… um… everything! One of my former players, Stef Sparks Smith, used to tell her teammates to have patience and love all the time. Little did I know how profound those words really were and just… Read More Patience and Love
By Mallary Weinsz, Sophomore, University of Tampa @TampaWLax As an athlete, I have always considered giving back to sports one of the most important things I can do. Over the past thirteen years lacrosse has given me countless opportunities and has helped me grow in many ways. To be able to enhance another athlete’s life… Read More First Person: Growing the Game Abroad