Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
The main things I want out of my student athletes are in their character and personality. I want a kid who lives life by treating everything with respect. This refers to myself, their professors, peers, and the buildings on campus. One of the biggest head aches I am constantly dealing with is how disrespectful my players are to faculty and property on campus. I don’t want the idiot that is going to get drunk and play lacrosse in the dorms. If all of my guys treat myself and everything with respect, we will be just fine. Gpa is the other big factor. I am looking for kids who do not require my attention all day about grades. It takes away from player development and other things I could be doing to make us better.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
I have a sophomore captain who is this exact kid. He listens to what I say on the field related to lacrosse, but more importantly off the field. He has a 3.2 gpa, raised the most money fundraising and is our saac rep. This player also just so happens to be our best offensive player and quarterback of the offense. Because I do not have scholarship money to waive over my pkayers’ heads, I want players who buy in to me and what I am trying to do.