Bob Dignazio | Head Coach | Men’s Lacrosse | Beloit College

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

We look at their qualities on the field, their academics, and off-the-field qualities. When we see a young man play, we rate him in three on-field areas: technical (skill set), tactical (decision-making, or “Lacrosse IQ”), and physical (strength and speed). If he is a player that we want, we’ll then look into his academics: obtain an unofficial transcript, standardized test scores, and senior classes. We do this to ensure that he’s a good academic fit for our program and college. We want guys who will succeed at Beloit not only in lacrosse, but in class as well. If we receive positive feedback from our Admissions staff regarding his academics, we invite him to campus and speak with his high school/club coach. This allows us to get to know the young man. The main things we’re focusing on here are his work ethic, coachability, and ability to adapt to new situations (playing time, position, college, etc).

 

Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

We have a player in our program who began playing lacrosse as a freshman in high school — the latest of anyone on our team. This young man has a tremendous work ethic: he is the first on the field every day and has made a tremendous commitment to the weightroom. During his first semester at college, he struggled academically. However, in his second, he had one of the best GPAs on the team. In addition to his work ethic on and off the field, this player is very grounded. This fall, he took a major step in holding two of his teammates accountable for off-the-field behavior that stood in opposition to team standards. Even though it was a difficult thing to do, he showed incredible integrity in confronting his teammates and eventually bringing it to the captains and head coach. He showed strong leadership and was subsequently named captain this spring. Not only does he strive to be better each day, but he has made a profound impact on the team and program. His hard work has paid off this spring, as he now ranks in the top 25 nationally in an important statistical category. For a new program, this young man has set a high bar for work ethic and leadership.