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High School Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Bill Tierney Continues To Recommend That Student-Athletes “Play Multiple Sports To Develop Skill Sets And Learn Teamwork”
Lacrosse Scholarships: More Small Colleges Adding Lacrosse Programs, Providing Scholarships And Financial Aid As Investments “Pay Off”; Will NAIA Recognize Lacrosse As “Emerging Sport”?
The costs of fielding teams, and being competitive, can lead NCAA Division I athletic programs to drop rather than add sports. But for NAIA programs and some in NCAA Division II, the math can work out in a school’s favor even though there is no significant revenue derived from ticket and merchandise sales or sponsorships.
Midland University’s cost of tuition, room and board is listed at more than $30,000 this year. Even if an athlete receives a few thousand dollars, Midland still comes out ahead. Because there are no scholarship limits for NAIA schools, Midland can discount tuition as little or as much as it sees fit.
The investment can pay off. Midland, according to government statistics, spent $5.5 million on athletic scholarships and operations in 2011-12 and got back $9.5 million in tuition and fees paid by athletes. Its enrollment has grown from a post-World War II low of 598 in 2009 to last fall’s record 1,097.
The organization of lacrosse as an official sport within the NAIA has begun — the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) announced on January 27, 2012, that it is making history by adding lacrosse for both men and women as conference sports effective the fall of 2012. The WHAC is the first conference in the NAIA to offer lacrosse as a conference championship sport. An earlier step in this direction was the establishment in September 2010 of the National Women’s Lacrosse League, which is a lacrosse-only women’s NAIA conference.
Small colleges have long used the lure of partial athletic scholarships to draw students. With college costs rising, many small, private liberal arts schools are trying to stay relevant as prospective students turn to less-expensive community and online colleges.
Between 2006 and 2011, the number of schools where at least 33 percent of the students played a sport increased from 96 to 124. Derek Flynn, who specializes in enrollment issues for higher education consulting firm Noel-Levitz, has found that even the smallest athletic scholarships can entice new students.
“When we examine the data of campuses that offer small athletic scholarships, student behavior (enrollment rate) doesn’t seem to change dramatically whether the student is offered the smaller or larger amount,” he said. “It would suggest that it is about the recognition rather than the amount, although I am certain parents recognize the amount.”
College Lacrosse Recruiting: “Capitalizing On The Character Component In The College Search For Athletes” By Tom Kovic
Capitalizing on the Character Component in the College Search for Athletes
By Tom Kovic
The college search for athletes is an “individual” quest. A winning strategy for one prospect could be a losing strategy for another. I think we can all agree that when it comes to recruiting, the “blue chip” kids are going to be found…It’s just a matter of when.
That being said, the majority of the prospects looking for a home on a college campus and as part of a varsity sports team are NOT blue chip kids and they should execute a personal plan of attack and begin to tackle the “grey areas” of recruiting.
Coaches are looking at 3 key characteristics in prospects when determining their level of support for prospects. 1) Strong students, 2) Impact athletes and 3) Kids who bring a strong integrity component to the table.
Coaches can easily evaluate academic talent by combing through high school transcripts and standardized test scores. Athletic assessment can be identified through statistical and video analysis, on site tournament evaluations and conversations with a prospect’s coach. The integrity factor could be a tie breaker in the final analysis.
The Character Component
College coaches are looking for the best and the brightest prospects to help drive their program to higher levels, and these days, they are putting a greater premium on the inner make-up of the prospect. They are looking for boys and girls who display loyalty, dedication, perseverance and a diligent approach to their everyday lives. Coaches want impact kids on the team, but they desperately want kids who will become strong links in the team chain.
College coaches will take a systematic approach in doing a thorough academic and athletic evaluation of a prospect to determine where they fit in their recruit priority chart. Moving forward, especially if the prospect is grouped into the top tier of the recruiting file, a diligent college recruiter will reach out to the high school and/or club coach to determine the inner make-up of the prospect.
Given the choice between a blue chip prospect who may be a potential “loose cannon” on the inside of the team and a solidly skilled prospect who brings a strong character component to the table, college coaches will likely lean toward the latter. And a strong testimonial from the prospects current coach can go a long way in closing the loop in the college evaluation.
College coaches are grounded, common-sense individuals who mainly rely on their gut when making a majority of their program decisions, including recruiting. Whether you are the captain of your sports team or a member of student government, it’s important to genuinely embrace these leadership roles in a further effort in building your character foundation.
College coaches have an uncanny ability to size up prospects quickly, efficiently and they can pinpoint a true leadership character as opposed to “resume leadership” in a heartbeat. The self-aware and self-confident prospect is, in most cases, going to shine more brightly in the eyes of the college coaches.
Student-athletes can develop character strength in many ways and volunteer work is not only good for the community, it is good for the soul. Reach within yourself and identify areas where you feel you can be impactful. Whether it is working with a local food bank, or coaching a local youth sports group, embrace it with passion and remain committed to your service and believe you can make a difference.
Prospects are considered “special interest” in the eyes of college admissions advisors, especially if college coaches identify them as impact athletes. Coaches use 2 simple and clear cut criteria in determining their support level for athletes: Academic strength and athletic talent. The third criteria is strength of character and in many cases, this can be a key factor that may help prospects separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
Tom Kovic is a former Division I college coach and President of Victory Collegiate Consulting, where he advises prospects and families on college recruiting. Tom is the author of “Reaching for Excellence” An educational guide for college athletics recruiting.” For further information visit:
Western College Lacrosse: University Of Colorado Sees Joining Pac-10 “As A Goldmine” For The Buffaloes Athletics Department And Considers ADDING Women’s Lacrosse
Ticket sales are the No. 1 revenue generator for college sports programs, while gifts and donations are No. 2, notes Boulder-based sports consultant Chuck Neinas, a former College Football Association executive director and Big Eight commissioner.
To make more money, though, Colorado will have to spend more. It has long needed facility upgrades, including improvements to the stadium suites that host potential big donors.
The Pac-10’s Scott says he also would like Colorado to add the traditional Pac-10 sports of baseball and softball within five years.
Bohn and DiStefano hedge on that — “It’s difficult for baseball because of the weather conditions here in Colorado,” DiStefano says, “where March and April are our snowiest months.” They say they might consider women’s lacrosse first.
“This has been a trend in the past — whenever you try to make more revenue, a lot more costs are added,” says Allen Sack, director for the Institute of Sport Management at the University of New Haven. The advantages of jumping to the Pac-10, though, are expected to extend beyond the bottom line. Sack notes that Miami, when it moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference from the Big East in 2004, underwent “an image change,” especially in terms of academic reputation. Colorado is out from under the cloud of the recruiting scandal, which began with a Boulder County district attorney’s claims that the school used sex and alcohol to lure football recruits. But it was “very much part of the conversations” between the school and Pac-10 before the move was decided, Scott says.
“We’re very satisfied that the philosophy and the culture that exists at Pac-10 schools is not only shared but embraced by the leadership of the University of Colorado,” Scott says. So Colorado will head west, mining for gold and goodwill as it goes.
“The last couple years, people have looked at us in a negative light,” says Darian Hagan, quarterback of the national championship team and now running backs coach. “It’s an opportunity for us to re-brand ourselves, to re-commit ourselves and to just wash everything away and start fresh.”
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College Lacrosse Recruiting: Tom Kovic Of Victory Collegiate Consulting Discusses “Rising Above Temporary Setbacks In The College Search For Athletes”
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. In addition, one’s mental approach to the college search, especially when checkered with roadblocks, can make the difference between a fair and a great experience. What follows is a “snapshot” on how prospects and families can proactively prepare for and effectively deal with personal setbacks that will undoubtedly surface along the way.
College recruiting roadblocks come in different shapes and sizes. Whether it is a direct communication from Coach to inform you his athletic scholarships have been exhausted, or a difficult phone call to inform you that you just don’t have what it takes to impact his team, a good college coach will be honest and forthcoming with prospects and families.
If you happen to be that blue chip athlete that most coaches have their sites on, your recruiting effort will likely have fewer barriers. Conversely, if you are the prospect who sits in the “mid-pack” of athletes where recruiting is brutally competitive’ you will need to prepare better and more effectively to rise above the rest.
As a college advisor for athletes I use a number of exercises to help my families organize for the best and prepare for the worst. Presenting yourself as a worthy candidate needs to be at the top of the list and this can be done in many ways. Whether it is by developing an easy to read personal profile, streaming an eye catching highlight clip, or by cultivating a solid relationship with a college coach through regular communication, the manner in which you present yourself will determine the level of “grip” your recruiting effort will have.
Develop Thick Skin
OK. You have brilliantly crafted your recruiting plan and you are regularly providing the coaches with academic, athletic and personal updates and you have made an unofficial visit to campus. You are feeling confident about the effort you have made and you’re confident it will have some impact. Unfortunately, this is 50% of the battle and the next question is simply…How does Coach see me?
There are going to be some tough questions you will eventually present college coaches, especially when it comes to roster availability, admissions support and financial aid. Before you jump in, I suggest you firstly develop some “tough skin.” Compare the recruiting process to a job interview and I think you’ll see my point. If you have lined up 10 job interviews and they all go brilliantly, do you think you will receive 10 offers? Probably not. Just as the company’s you will eventually interview with, the college coaches are looking for specific candidates to fit specific roles.
If a college coach has to communicate bad news to a prospect, it is not because you have a character flaw and you should never take bad news personally. Considering the volume of recruits that coaches are cultivating, they need to develop a filtering system that will help them trim down their list to a more manageable grouping. A good college coach will be upfront with families and offer truthful and honest communication from start to finish.
Letting go and moving forward
If and when (and you most likely will) receive that phone call from Coach explaining politely that you will no longer be part of the active list of recruits, you have to be able to accept it, let go and move forward. There is no doubt that this can be a hurtful moment, but the prospect that has the ability to “take it,” saddle up and get back “in the moment,” will have a greater chance in grabbing that brass ring.
Everything in this world happens for a reason and where one family may see a negative experience as devastating; another family will see it as an opportunity. One prospect might break down from bad news, while another athlete will rise up, a little tougher, with a little more drive and determination to move on.
For most prospects and families, the college search will not be a straight line, nor will it be a downhill run in finding that right college match. In most cases, it will be a struggle and in that struggle will be intangible life lessons to be learned, hurdles to cross and heartaches to suffer, but in the end and with a proper and realistic approach, the right match is out there and waiting for you to snatch.
Tom Kovic is a former Division I college coach and the current director of Victory Collegiate Consulting (www.victoryrecruiting.com), where he provides advisement and counseling for prospective student-athletes and families in preparing for the college search.
MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Chapman Men’s Lacrosse Coach Mike Wood Is Fired After Three Seasons And 55-8 Record
semifinal berth this spring, was informed his contract would not be renewed in a brief meeting with athletic director David Currey on Monday morning.
Wood follows in the footsteps of Jason Lamb, the long-time coach of Brigham Young with national championships to his credit, who was terminated at this time last spring.
“I did my job and I did it well,” said Wood on Thursday. “We won a lot of games. I’m going to miss the players and 99 percent of the people at Chapman.”
This past spring, Chapman finished 16-3 again. For the third time in as many years, the three-time champion Wolverines bounced the Panthers in the tournament, this time in the semifinals.
In his brief stint at Chapman, Wood posted an overall record of 55-8, and an MCLA mark of 50-7.
Wood attributes his firing to his often contentious relationship with Currey, who hired the former Pomona women’s lacrosse and football coach in 2007.
Northern California High School Girls Lacrosse Recruiting: Menlo School Girls Lacrosse Midfielder Maggie Brown Will Attend Georgetown And Sacred Heart Prep’s Tory Wilkinson Will Play For Louisville
Menlo School’s Maggie Brown and Sacred Heart Prep’s Tory Wilkinson will leave their Atherton stomping grounds this fall for Georgetown and Louisville, respectively, where the standout midfielders look to reinvent stereotypes about California lacrosse.
“I want to show people that California lacrosse is growing,” said Brown, who was selected to attend a showcase in Florida that includes the top 80 players in the nation. “I want to show them that they should be afraid of us.”
Wilkinson, who first caught the attention of the Louisville coach at a summer camp as the California player, hopes to remove the label and be considered just a lacrosse player.
“Or maybe I can just surprise everyone and be the California player and change their opinion of West Coast lacrosse,” Wilkinson said.