Tim Florence | Head Coach | Women’s Lacrosse | Wheeling Jesuit University

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

Other than the usual athleticism, lacrosse ability, and lacrosse IQ….I look at:

  • Whether or not the student-athlete has performed community service (part of our Jesuit mission)
  • Has the student-athlete maintained their grades
  • Has the student-athlete held a job during high school
  • Leadership qualities.

For me this helps to determine whether they can handle the academic workload and how they will fit into our school environment.


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

One that has exceeded my expectations is a walk-on player. Prior to coming out she had never played the sport. She works super hard and has awesome determination even though she is not a superior athlete. Regardless, she has earned the respect of her teammates with her work ethic and team spirit.