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 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 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!
By Max Ruhl, Head Coach, Ohio Valley University @OVUwlax As a coach, we are always talking about communication and its importance on the field. In this day and age, it seems like we are in a hurry to hear the words, respond, and then move on without really listening to understand each other’s perspective. Recently,… Read More Listening to Understand vs Listening to Reply
By Brighde Dougherty, Founder and Coach, FLOW Self Empowerment @flow_self_empowerment We are only as good to others as we are to ourselves. Not only is self-care not selfish, it’s paramount to your team’s success. We tend to acknowledge this point in regard to stick skills, tactics, film, exercise, nutrition, sometimes sleep and occasionally relaxation. However,… Read More Five Ways to Develop Self- Empowered Athletes
By Chelsea Rosiek, Head Coach, St. Bonaventure University @BonniesWLAX As a High School graduate of the Class of 2006, I grew up with a vastly dated high school experience. As an eighth grader, I remember calling my mother AT&T Collect to pick me up from Field Hockey Practice. I remember yelling upstairs to my parents… Read More Coaching the “Smart Phone” Generation
By Abi Jackson, Head Coach, Union College @UnionWLax [Editor’s note: The author would like to give intellectual credit for this post to Mark Treanor.] This body of work is not about me. Or you. Or Sally Q. Player or Sally’s mom or dad. It is about the time we spend and the decisions we… Read More The Triangle: Why No One is the Most Important Person in the Room
By Charlotte Morley, Program Director, Harlem Lacrosse @HarlemLacrosse The dictionary defines a leader as, “the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country.” If you’ve ever played a team-oriented sport, you know that there is much more to be said about what, and who a leader is. I used to think that a… Read More Harlem Lacrosse: Aim High, Shoot Low
By Jenn Cook, Assistant Coach, Princeton University @princetonwlax What makes a good assistant coach? The answer to that question depends on what your Head Coach needs from you. “Think like a Head Coach, but act like an Assistant Coach.” – Tommy Amaker, Head Coach, Harvard University Basketball Good assistant coaches understand that head coaches… Read More The “Good” Assistant