Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
When looking for the perfect volleyball recruit there are a lot of considerations to think about. At the division 3 level talent doesn’t always make the top of the list. Yes, I want a talented athlete but dedication and hard work are just as important.
I also want a player that isn’t afraid to push others. To compete at the college level , players need to always be on their feet when it comes to playing time. I don’t want an athlete who assumes they are in the starting line up. I want someone who has the drive to be better and the confidence to get there.
A good volleyball player isn’t always an athlete, and a good athlete isn’t always a good volleyball player. I want a good volleyball player who is athletic (although hard to find!). I’m looking for someone that doesn’t just work hard in practice, but in the weight room as well.
Could you give an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
This one player sat out her whole sophomore year after getting significant playing time during her freshmen year. As she came into her junior year she was hesitant about starting a new season, as academics and personal hardships had got in the way. She decided to play her junior year, and again started the season with limited playing time. By the middle of the season she had pushed her way into the starting line up where she played a key roll in the 2008 LEC championship. She exceeded my expectations beyond belief. She worked hard and earned her spot. She was a great leader on and off the court, where she excelled in the weight room and in the class room.