By Brighde Dougherty, Founder and Coach, FLOW Self Empowerment, @flow_self_empowerment There are many different types of coaches: an athletic coach, a life coach, a wellness coach, a personal coach… the list goes on and on. However the definition of a coach remains the same: a trainer or instructor of others. When I stopped coaching lacrosse… Read More What is Self Empowerment and Why Your Team Needs It
By Anne Phillips, Head Coach, William Smith College @heronlax As you might know from reading last week’s post on Behind the Whistle, US Lacrosse has named the walking path at its headquarters “The Chris Sailer Trail,” in honor of the National Hall of Fame and Princeton University women’s lacrosse coach. In conjunction with the dedication of… Read More Having Lunch With a Legend
By Danie Caro, IWLCA Director of Communications and Membership Operations, @IWLCA The IWLCA honored eleven Trailblazers at US Lacrosse Headquarters last weekend, and I had the distinct pleasure of attending the event. If you read about them or heard of their achievements, it is obvious that these women were properly lauded as great coaches, mentors,… Read More Blazing a Trail for Women
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