Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
Qualities that we look for in a student athlete are: Talent and Attitude. In order to play in our program a student-athlete must have the talent to be the best player in his position within our conference. The student-athlete must also have the proper attitude to fit into our program’s philosophy. We are not asking them to conform to us, but have an attitude that promotes respect, enjoys humor, and understand that discipline is not always a negative. If a student-athlete has talent and a poor attitude, he will not make it in our program. Same goes for a student-athlete with a great attitude and inferior talent. Both qualities are vital to developing a successful student-athlete.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
John Kelly exceeded our expectations. As a freshman, John tried out for our football program at quarterback and was cut during our pre-season camp because he unable to consistently throw the ball fifteen yards. In the winter of that year, he approached us about giving it another shot. We gave him the opportunity, knowing that he had a long way to go. He was on scout team the first year and played as a back up until his junior year. All he did his senior year was set a single season school record in passing yards, touchdown passes and became an All-American and the West Region player of the year.