Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
High Academic Standards– If they don’t have good grades or test scores coming out of high school then we can’t even start recruiting them. The process would be futile since they won’t be admitted.
Time Management– At Case Western, they will take 15-18 credits per semester, plus track. We look for kids who can maintain high academic standards but are able to balance other activities as well. If they can do it in high school, we can be fairly confident that the transition to college will be fairly smooth.
Self Motivation– Lifts and cardio must be done on their own time. I make practice mandatory but due to their class schedules a lot of the throwers cannot stay for a full two hours to complete the lifts as well. If a kid can balance a tough schedule in high school, an assumption can be made that they are self motivated to succeed. That self motivation is what makes conference champions and national qualifiers.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
I had a kid who just graduated. When he came in he was 5’11 and 175 pounds as a thrower. Not ideal. When he left he had gained 45 pounds of good weight and improved his marks by 170 feet in four events. The reasons were not only hard work and dedication but the ability to self motivate. He never missed a lift, only missed practice when he had a lab or class and he ran circuits and lifts in the offseason. He was basically an athlete/coach. His lack of complacency was a blessing because it showed the younger athletes what I expect from the throwers.