Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
I think the whole world knows what a coach is looking for, regardless of the sport and level: an individual who is 100% dedicated, willing to work hard all the time, loves the competitive arena whether in matches or training, is open to constructive criticism (coachable), and puts the Team first not themselves. That, plus you do need Talent (athletic, technical skills, game IQ, etc). For our college prospect at PITT, they need all of the above PLUS must put a strong focus on their Academic Pursuits and our Program Community Involvement. We try to foster a great visible image and give back where we can to kids in our area. Our team is consistently in the top percentage of GPA in the nation and holds the longest winning Team GPA crown for Men’s Teams on our campus.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
One specific individual at PITT I can say perhaps has been a shining example of success in all of the above would be our current captain, junior John Cordier. We recruited John from Erie, PA. He comes from a small HS and local club, not the big national level system. John came in as a freshman fall of 2010 and I can honestly say has been a model of good leadership, citizenship, and a solid contributing player in his 3 years so far. While not the most talented or most athletically gifted, he is in the weight room and indoor center all the time getting better and better. He is selfless in his role as captain, always being the conscience and standard bearer of our Team Goals and Code of Conduct without ever coming across as insincere or abrasive. He has OUTSTADNING MORAL FIBER AND CHARACTER. He is a great young man in all respects.