On the eve of the IWLCA Annual Meetings, and just a few months away from LaxCon 2020, we’ve been thinking about the importance of continuing education for coaches, the value of community within the sport, and the role our peers can play, as colleagues, mentors, sounding boards, and friends. We reached out to several coaches… Read More This One’s For the Coaches
By Michelle Smith, Head Coach, Babson College @BabsonWLax I’ve got a bookshelf in my office that is far too small and looks like the used version of the leadership section at Barns and Noble. I love a good book, and while some might say the books on my shelf aren’t pleasure reads, I disagree. I… Read More What’s on Your Bookshelf?
By Erica Brown, Head Coach, Tiffin University @Dragon_Lacrosse As coaches, we cannot control everything no matter how hard we try. We are planners; from practices, to film breakdowns, to scouting reports, to game plans, away trips, recruiting classes, gear orders. Everything is planned down to the year, month, minute and second. What happens when all… Read More When Plans Go Wrong
By Cindy Wilson, Head Coach, Millersville University @VilleMauauders “On your best days you learn confidence. On your worst days you learn persistence. There is always something to learn.” One of my favorite things about sports, and more specifically, about lacrosse is that there is always room to grow and develop. X’s and O’s and wins… Read More Growing Confidence
By Carissa Medeiros, Head Coach, UMass Lowell @RiverHawkWLax It was a rare weekend off from summer recruiting and I was spending some time with family when I felt my phone buzz. My mind immediately raced through a dozen different scenarios as to why my Junior captain would be calling me, out of the blue, in… Read More Learning From Your Players
By Joe Caruso, Head Coach, Albertus Magnus College @AMCAthletics I just wanted to ring in the New Year with my story and showing my thanks to my mentors, the people that got me into coaching girl’s/women’s lacrosse and all the people that have helped me along the way. My story is a typical one. A… Read More The Importance of Mentors
By Barb Jordan, Assistant Coach, Gettysburg College @GburgWlax I have been the Head Field Hockey Coach and Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Gettysburg College for the last 15 years. In the past few years, I have often been asked by coaches if I am going to give up one of the sports… I guess I look… Read More Never “Too Old” to Learn
By Kim Williams, Head Coach, Wesleyan College @wesleyan_wlax Watching sports has helped to shape me into who I am today. I’m a college coach, so this doesn’t just include watching film, but I am talking about the plain old activity of watching a game on your TV, IPad, IPhone and whatever else you might have.… Read More Why I Watch Sports