Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
My program (Women’s Golf) is looking for a high character individual who excels both on the course but more importantly in the classroom. As a former student athlete myself, I would give up a limb to go back and play college athletics again. As an undergrad I never really took academics too serious, but, as I have aged I realized that importance of a college education. I am currently completing my MBA at Benedictine University. With that being said, I am first looking at academics to see if they would fit into our school (GPA, Major, etc.). On the athletic side, I look for student athletes who are eager to learn, coachable and possess the right mental capabilities to play at the collegiate level. At the Division III level we are not able to give out athletic scholarships as you probably aware of, so we don’t necessarily get the best athletes coming out of the high school ranks. I look for someone I can mold into being 1.) A leader 2.) Conference Champion. My goal on the academic side is to get you a degree in no more than four years with as little college debt as possible.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
This past year I had the privilege to coach a Senior who was Pre-Med and held a cumulative GPA of 3.9 throughout her entire collegiate career. She has since been accepted and will be attending Loyola Medicine to become a doctor. Seeing her spend all night studying for exams and visiting schools, but then come out the next day with a positive attitude and compete in a tournament was something I have never seen nor have dealt with. She is what makes coaching so fun. The culmination of having a positive attitude and the desire to want to continually learn whether that’s in the classroom or on the course is what makes a student athlete so special. My message to all prospective student athletes is:
1.) Never be content, always want more for yourself
2.) Always ask questions
3.) Have fun