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 Nicholle St. Pierre, Head Coach, Baldwin Wallace University @bw_wlax The season ended and I finally had time to sit down and reflect on our past season which was an amazing one. We finished 9-7, and for the first time in my coaching career there wasn’t a hint of relief that our season was over… Read More Growing Confidence
By Julie Duffy, Head Coach, Merrimack College @MerrimackWLAX The end of the 2018-2019 Merrimack College women’s lacrosse season will go down as one of my top favorite moments as a coach. This team found something deep within themselves, learned to believe, and left everything out on the field. I could not be prouder of them… Read More So Why Didn’t Merrimack Make the NCAA Tournament?
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 Mary Schwartz, Head Coach, Roanoke College @RoanokeWLax In the summer time I spend my days training middle school and high school girl’s lacrosse goalies across the United States. On the first day when we are all together, I share the history of this amazing position. I start off talking about the equipment that goalies… Read More The Evolution of the Most Important Position on the Field: The Goalie
By Ashley Johnson, Head Coach, Alma College @AlmaScotsWLAX Are you looking for a way to bring your team together, avoid player burnout, and help your players become better human beings that appreciate all that they are given? Community service is the answer! I know lacrosse season is upon us and our time over the next… Read More The Power of Volunteering
By Colin McSharar, Head Coach, Anderson University @AURavensWLax In 2016, the night before recruiting at my first ever IWLCA tournament, I stopped by a local watering hole. At the time, I had been an assistant coach at a Division III school in my home state of Indiana for two years. It didn’t pay much. So,… Read More Take the Leap, And Own Your Timeline
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 Monica Potter, Head Coach, Colorado State University-Pueblo @CSUP_WLAX As coaches, we throw the word “mental toughness” around on the daily. “We lost the game because we just weren’t mentally tough!” “The players today just aren’t as mentally tough as when I played or started in coaching!” “These kids just need to be mentally tough!”… Read More What Does It Mean to Be “Mentally Tough?”