Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
All the established academic and athletic qualities are apparent of course as you evaluate prospects but the characteristic I look for most is trust. I want to know that I’m recruiting an authentic person that has good core values and is not pretentious. We’re a regional state school in Division III and so aren’t attractive to players who think that money or labels will make them happy. We’ve created a culture of commitment here over many years and so in addition to the requisite talent and athleticism, we look for hard-working, open-minded, mature, trustworthy players. “Real” people.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
Our players continue to surprise me all the time. It’s a big reason I love coaching. I will always believe young people can do much more than they themselves believe they can in the right environment. One of my favorite stories was when I suspended a freshman starter for cutting class just hours before a late-season home game. Her parents were on the way to campus so she had to explain to them after the game why she didn’t play. Not only did this player realize why I had made an example of her, she didn’t miss many more classes in her career and graduated with honors to recently become a certified Physical Therapist. This same player recovered from ACL surgery during her Junior season to become our fittest overall player her Senior Year.