Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
We are looking for the right players. They might not always be the “Best” but they are the ones that will fit within our teams vision, mission, and our style of play. Some of the type of qualities we are looking for, outside of skill, are competitiveness, leadership, attitude/chemistry, coachability, athleticism, and potential to development. We also look at how they manage their time, what kind of classes they took, and were they involved in community service. We want student-athletes that will challenge each other every day at practice and that will be role models for younger players to look up to.
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 player that came to one of my programs that rarely ever controlled the ball. Her high school coach kept her on defense but we decided that her true calling was to play midfield and develop as a Draw Specialist. It took a lot of one-on-ones, stick work, and small group work to get her confidence up with using her size and with ball handling. By the time our Spring season arrived, she was our dominant force, she was not afraid to use her size and was a presence on the field. Her attitude, coachability, and potential helped us shape her into a Rookie of the Year, along with other high accolades. As a coach, we strive to help our student-athletes to be as successful as possible on and off the field, however they have to have the will to push themselves to get there.