By Julie Duffy, Head Coach, Merrimack College @MerrimackWLAX 10) The parents, oh the parents! From the comments made on the sidelines to the officials and players, to the stare down of what it says on our t-shirts. The laughs become endless. “Did you hear #12’s dad during the last game? He was going crazy!” 9)… Read More The Top 10 Things I Like About Summer Recruiting
Since we launched Behind the Whistle in January 2016, we have been very fortunate to receive so many quality contributions, both from the IWLCA membership, and also from the larger lacrosse community. As we prepare for another summer recruiting season, it seemed like a good idea to share some excerpts from previously published entries that… Read More Words of Wisdom
By Rachel Smith, Head Coach, DeSales University @dsu_womenslax Many times, I have discussed with my colleagues the similarities and differences between starting a new program and rebuilding one. As it may seem completely crazy that these two things can deal with the same problems, it is true! Vision Building a program starts with a vision… Read More Starting from Scratch vs. Rebuilding
By Samantha Ekstrand, Attorney @SJEkstrand5 [Editor’s note: The author currently serves as legal counsel to the IWLCA, the IMLCA, and the NFCA. She played college lacrosse, coached college lacrosse, now coaches club and rec lacrosse. She has five children who play lots of sports.] My English teacher always said to catch the reader’s attention with… Read More The Secrets to Recruiting
By Lindsay Hughes, Graduate Assistant, DeSales University @DSU_WomensLax After finishing my collegiate athletic career and moving on to my first college coaching position I was eager to take on the new challenges that come with being a coach that I had not yet experienced from a player perspective. Recruiting was a part of the job… Read More Why Are Recruits Ghosting Us?
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