Daily Archives: January 3, 2011

College Lacrosse Recruiting: “A Snapshot Of Recruiting Rules And Terms” By Tom Kovic Of Victory Collegiate Consulting


The college recruiting process can be a daunting effort if it is not well planned and executed with organization and enthusiasm from start to finish. Below is a simple snapshot of terms and athletic recruiting rules and procedures you will run into as you navigate the college search for athletes.

 

 Contacts

Recruiting contacts are essential for both college coaches and families to become familiar with each other. Remember, the college coach will directly influence the prospect, especially during the four-year college experience. It is important to respectfully acquaint the family with the coach, the program and the coach’s philosophy to determine the likelihood of a good match. Coaches are bound by NCAA rules that prohibit them from contacting prospects and families during certain times. Families, on the other hand, can contact coaches at any time, with rare exceptions.

Evaluations

These are opportunities for college coaches to assess the academic and athletic ability of a prospect. Evaluations typically occur off-campus and coaches are permitted no more than 7 “recruiting opportunities” (contacts and/or evaluations), with no more than 3 opportunities resulting in face-to-face contact. (There are individual sport exceptions.)

 

Evaluation timetables are sport-specific. Recruiting calendars for your sport of interest can be found in the NCAA Manual and are available to view at http://www.ncaa.org. The evaluation offers the coach a chance to get an early read on future prospects. It is also used as a recruiting tactic by college coaches in order to create visibility. This “celebrity effect” can have a powerful impact on a prospect and the family, especially if the evaluation is timed and communicated properly.

 

NCAA Eligibility

The NCAA Eligibility Center is an organization that collaborates with the NCAA in the area of student-athlete eligibility. Basically, the job of the EligibilityCenter is to determine eligibility for all incoming Division I and Division II freshmen student-athletes. This is achieved through the evaluation of high school academic records. Each division has individual standards for entering freshmen.Student-athletes can register with the EligibilityCenter either at their high school, or online at http://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/. 

 

Campus Visits

 

Unofficial Visit: The unofficial visit is a great way for prospects and families to begin to become familiar with a number of colleges and universities. It is a visit that is made at the expense of the family and can be taken at any time (with few exceptions), including before July 1 following the junior year in high school. Institutions typically offer information sessions and tours which can be very useful in gathering general information. (Before visiting, contact the Admissions Office to determine times and dates for information sessions and tours).

 

Official Visit:  The official visit is one that is paid in part or in full by the institution, can be taken beginning the first day of classes in the senior year of high school and is typically the “clincher” when a prospect and family are narrowing down their final choices. These visits provide a great opportunity for the family to witness first-hand, how the entire process (social interaction with team, team practice, attending classes, living in the dormitories etc.) operates from a “production” standpoint.

 

Proactive Tips

 

  • Telephone contact: College coaches are bound by very strict rules to when and how often they are permitted to contact prospects. On the other hand, prospects and families have virtually no limitations here.
  • E-mail: Probably the most effective means of communicating with the college coaches. Coaches can begin initiating e-mail contact beginning September 1st in the prospects junior year in high school.
  •  Face to Face Contact: There is no better way to present oneself than through a face to face meeting and you can achieve this well before the senior year! 
  • Control the Field: As a former college Coach I remember clearly the edge I had over families and their children during the recruiting process. That said, I suggest making a concerted effort to grow an educational awareness of NCAA procedures and develop a clear plan to how your personal college search quest will proceed. Remember…This is a major “life decision” our children will make.

 This article is only the “tip of the iceberg” about information you should gather before launching your college search effort. An educational approach where we see the brass ring and understand how to bridge the gap between start and finish will not only give families an edge in college recruiting, it will make it an enjoyable and memorable journey.

 

Tom Kovic
Victory Collegiate Consulting

www.victoryrecruiting.com

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Announces That 5-Time NCAA Lacrosse Champion And Current Mount St. Mary’s Coach Lindsay Munday Will Be New Head Coach Effective Jan. 3, 2011


“5-time NCAA Lacrosse champion Lindsay Munday has been named USC’s first ever women’s lacrosse head coach, AD Pat Haden announced.”  USC Twitter Feed

“It was imperative that we hire a coach with the energy, experience and plan to build a premier women’s lacrosse program,” said Haden. “Lindsey Munday embodies all that we are looking for as we take on this exciting endeavor. Her background both as an elite player and an elite coach who has been part of five national championships is a perfect match for a program that we hope will soon play at a championship level. From President Max Nikias and throughout the entire university, we will support Lindsey and her program with all of the resources and support necessary to compete at the highest level. We welcome Lindsey to the Trojan Family with open arms.”

Mount St. Mary's Women's Lacrosse Coach Lindsey Munday

Lindsey Munday, an All-World member of the U.S. Lacrosse women’s national team who helped lead Northwestern to 5 NCAA championships as a player and assistant coach, has been named the head coach of the new USC women’s lacrosse team as of today (Jan. 3), Trojan athletic director Pat Haden said.

“It was imperative that we hire a coach with the energy, experience and plan to build a premier women’s lacrosse program,” said Haden. “Lindsey Munday embodies all that we are looking for as we take on this exciting endeavor. Her background both as an elite player and an elite coach who has been part of five national championships is a perfect match for a program that we hope will soon play at a championship level. From President Max Nikias and throughout the entire university, we will support Lindsey and her program with all of the resources and support necessary to compete at the highest level. We welcome Lindsey to the Trojan Family with open arms.”

Added USC senior associate athletic director Mark Jackson, the department’s administrator who oversees the sport: “It was obvious after a national search with many qualified candidates that Lindsey was the clear choice to build and lead our women’s lacrosse program to prominence. Her national championship experience at Northwestern both as a player and as a coach and her current status as a player on the United States national team has provided her with a wealth of experience that she is now ready to bring to USC. Her confidence and energy were apparent and she is no doubt ready to aggressively recruit from coast to coast and develop premier student-athletes that will perform well on the field and in the classroom. Her vision to build an all-encompassing program will fit in well with our many other championship-caliber programs.”

Munday, 26, comes to USC after serving as the head coach at Mount St. Mary’s University, an NCAA Division I program in Maryland, since Aug. 30, 2010.

Before that, she was the top assistant at her alma mater, Northwestern, for 4 years (2007-10). She served as the recruiting coordinator and offensive coach, and helped with scouting opponents. Northwestern was 85-4 during her tenure, including 23-0 in 2009, and the Wildcats won the NCAA title in 2007, 2008 and 2009 while advancing to the NCAA championship game in 2010. She helped coach a number of All-Americans, including Tewaaraton Trophy winners Kristen Kjellman and Hannah Nielsen and Tewaaraton finalist Katrina Dowd.

Munday is regarded as one of the greatest players in Northwestern history.  A Tewaaraton Trophy semifinalist in 2005 and 2006, she finished her 4-year (2003-06) career as the program’s all-time leader in assists (128), as well as third in points (268) and fifth in goals (140).  She also set single season records for points (107) and assists (54) in 2005.  The Wildcats were 64-12 during her career, including winning NCAA crowns in 2005 and 2006 (the first school outside the Eastern time zone to do so) to become the first Northwestern program to win consecutive NCAA championships.  She was a 2-time (2005-06) first team All-American, All-Region and All-American Lacrosse Conference selection as a midfielder after earning All-Region second team laurels in 2004 and All-Conference second team notice in 2003 and 2004.  She made the NCAA All-Tournament team in 2005.  She co-captained the Wildcats in 2006.  She won the 2006 Big Ten Medal of Honor, given annually to a graduating male and female from each conference school of outstanding academic and athletic talent.

She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Northwestern in 2006.

Munday recently was named to the 2010-11 U.S. women’s national team.  She was on the U.S. team that won the 2009 FIL World Cup, where she earned All-World recognition as an attacker after leading her team with 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points in 7 games.

“I am honored and humbled to be named the first head women’s lacrosse coach at USC,” said Munday.  “Thank you to USC president Max Nikias, athletic director Pat Haden and senior associate athletic director Mark Jackson for providing me with this tremendous opportunity.  I also want to thank Mount St. Mary’s president Dr. Thomas Powell and athletic director Lynne Robinson for the opportunity to lead the Mount women’s lacrosse program.

“USC is a truly unique university with premier academics and championship athletics.  The University’s storied history, coupled with the support from its administration top to bottom, will provide the USC women’s lacrosse program with the resources to be nationally competitive.  It is an incredibly special opportunity to begin a new program and I cannot wait to recruit student-athletes who are passionate about lacrosse and about joining this amazing time in USC women’s lacrosse history.

“Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller and her husband, Scott Hiller, have been instrumental in my journey, first as coaches and now as mentors.  I aim to similarly mentor my student-athletes during our time together and provide my continual support afterwards. These student-athletes will create the foundation of USC women’s lacrosse.  We will begin our journey together and immediately dedicate ourselves to building success.  This is the beginning of a very special addition to the Trojan Family and I am honored to lead the way.”

Munday was a 3-sport star at Mountain Lakes (N.J.) High.  She earned prep All-American first team honors in lacrosse in 2002, she was an All-State second teamer in basketball and she was a 3-time All-Conference first team pick in soccer.

She was born on May 28, 1984.  Her sister, Jen, played lacrosse and basketball at College of New Jersey, while her brother, Paul, played lacrosse at Muhlenberg College.

USC has set up an email address (uscwlax@usc.edu) for those interested in more information about its women’s lacrosse program.

Those interested in playing for USC can begin the recruiting process by filling out a questionnaire at https://team.fieldlevel.com/contact/USC/LacrosseWomen.

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Tim Tessalone
USC Sports Information Director
Heritage Hall 103
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0601
213-740-8480–office
213-740-7584–fax
tessalon@usc.edu