Giovanni Pacini | Head Coach | Men’s Soccer | Lasell College

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

Technical ability, tactical sense, and athleticism from a soccer standpoint. Strong academically and exhibits good social sense and skills.

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

I had an outstanding young man who was on our soccer team for four years. He never started a match and there were games when his playing time was limited. He worked hard on the field, excelled in the classroom, and was a model student on campus. His teammates elected him captain during his Junior year and he currently serves as President of our alumni association. Did he exceed my expectations? Yes, because most kids would have given up knowing that their playing time would be limited, if not non-existent. He accepted his role and was always prepared if called upon. He showed that an athlete can contribute in more ways than just playing.