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A Lacrosse Weekend 5.23.20

Uncategorized May 23, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcasts

Army Head Coach Joe Alberici and I had a great catch up the other day and when our pre-podcast conversation lasted 1:45 we had to reschedule for the next day!  I love talking with Joe Alberici!  He's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, so thoughtful and interested, and makes you feel good about yourself!  Joe is also a learning machine!  He shared with me the 15-20 podcasts he listens to, the books he reads, and the different ways he studies the game.  This was coach A's second time on the Phi-Lacrosse-ophy podcast with me and we had a free form conversation which is what we usually do when we get to catch up: talk lacrosse, what's new, and share interesting ideas, thoughts, drills, etc.  I think you will love this podcast!  Click here to listen!

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A Lacrosse Weekend 5.16.20

Uncategorized May 16, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcasts

I sat down and recorded with Taylor Wray, Head Coach St Joe's, this week and if you don't know much about T-Wray,  give this a listen!  He's a great guy, who has build St Joe's into a team right on the verge of winning big!  This year they knocked off Delaware, Providence, and lost a heartbreaker to Penn 13-12.  A native of Edmonton Alberta, Coach Wray grew up playing box lacrosse, won a couple Minto Cups with the  Burnaby Laker dynasty of the early 2000's, and was recruited to play attack at Duke.  By the time he was senior, Taylor was a lock down defender who went on to play that position for Team Canada, where he is now also the defensive coordinator.

The biggest takeaway from T-Wray is he is a great guy and a winner.  Our conversations about he creates culture,...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 5.9.20

Uncategorized May 09, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcasts

Duke Assistant, Ron Caputo, represents the phrase, "Behind every great Head Coach, there is a great assistant."  Listening to Ron describe his lacrosse journey, what he learned along the way, and what was meaningful, you get a solid understanding of why this guy is so special; He is as interested as he is interesting (I used this description once about the Late Great Dave Huntley).  Ronny loves talking lacrosse and I love talking lacrosse so it was a match made in heaven!  Ron started out at Duke as the Defensive Coordinator, then switched to the offensive side of the ball where he was OC and won three national championships!  Now he's back on the defensive side.  His Breadth of knowledge is vast.  We talk about the evolution of the Razor Pick, a lot about...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 5.2.20

Uncategorized May 02, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcasts

Legendary Coach Dave Cottle joined me earlier this week for an incredibly interesting podcast.  Dave is quite simply one of the smartest lacrosse guys you will ever meet and is always willing to share his wealth of knowledge.  Coach Cottle built the program at Loyola, had a great 10 year run at Maryland where he went to several Final Fours, and won three MLL Championships as Head Coach of the Bayhawks.  At the forefront of the modernization of the game, our conversation touches on the evolution of offense, defense, recruiting, and 2man game.  You will love this conversation!  Click here to listen!

Coach Cottle sent me this picture after our conversation.  Check out the two top left guys!  A young Dave Cottle and Dave Huntley!  I miss my friend Hunts!

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A Lacrosse Weekend 4.25.20

Uncategorized Apr 25, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcasts

I've been cranking out podcasts during quarantine.  Lacrosse conversations keep my mind off all the worry and trouble that this pandemic is causing.  I hope other folks out there have found an oasis of lacrosse as a great way to escape like I have.

Jeff Tambroni, Head Coach Penn State

Jeff is one of the truly great guys in the sport. We kick off the conversation talking culture, then move on to the value of the Free Play model of development, a deep dive into analytics and how it might effect recruiting, we reference the podcast I did with Michael Mauboussin on Analytics almost two years ago.  Michael has done work with Jeff.  We also talk quite a bit about "In Game Adjustments" which was a fascinating topic.  Recruiting in this pandemic was our final topic...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 4.18.20

Uncategorized Apr 18, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Virtual Lacrosse Summit 

What a week of learning!  One of my favorite things to do is to continue to "Sharpen the Saw" and Q2 VLS once again did the trick.  Below is a list of what I got from these talks!

Monday 4/13

Tom Mariano, Head Coach Pace University and MLL Bayhawks: I love Tommy's Keep Away Drill Called the Rondo Drill, where there are two 10x10 boxes, one with a 4v2 and the other with a 5v2, where the offense tries to move the ball with in and between boxes.  The 5v2 box opens up a great "Wall Pass" option.  I love this drill!

Kelly Amonte-Hiller, Head Coach Northwestern: The Wildcats have made a phenomenal improvement in their shooting percentage over the past few years with a commitment to shot selection and working on shooting ON GOALIES!  NU has three goalies on the roster...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 4.11.20

Uncategorized Apr 11, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

 

Virtual Lacrosse Summit 

The VLS is the Shark Week of lacrosse and it begins Monday 4/13!  With an incredible line up of speakers, this will be as good as it gets for online instructional lacrosse content!

Register for FREE at VirtualLacrosseSummit.com

A Grateful Quarantine

It's our fourth weekend in quarantine and while there are so many times I wish that we will all just wake up from this bad dream and it will be the weekend of March 14th, but we do have a lot to be grateful for.

Health Care Workers.  The courage and dedication of these people all over the country is amazing.  Thank you to all of you.  We need you and we love you.

Time with family.  I have three kids Colin, Emily, Lucy ages,  22, 21, and 17 respectively and they have been awesome in the face of this...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 4.4.20

Uncategorized Apr 04, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it! 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcasts

I have been cranking out podcasts since the beginning of the quarantine both to help people get their minds off this pandemic and to get my mind off it!  There have been some really deep lacrosse conversations with incredible people!

Michele Tumolo, Head Coach Wagner and one of the greatest women's lacrosse players in the world, joined Colleen Magarity and me on the Inside the 8 Podcast this week and it was and fun conversation about everything from flips/fake flips, deception, zone defense, and how to practice deception on your dog.  I think Michele enjoyed it to because she's just like me and Colleen, a lacrosse nerd!  Click here to listen!

Harvard Head Coach, Gerry Byrne joined me again this week in a conversation that always spans many topics from off ball defense to...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 3.28.20

Uncategorized Mar 28, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it!

Today would have been an awesome day!  I was looking forward to March 28th!  Denver at Georgetown in an epic Big East Battle with national championship aspirations!  Instead, we are home on a beautiful spring morning with a few inches of snow.  It will be 48 and sunny today and the snow will be gone by early afternoon.  A family brunch is on the docket along with some family lacrosse.

Jon Torpey Podcast

One of my best friends and favorite people in the game is High Point Head Coach Jon Torpey.  Torp was my assistant at Denver for five seasons and is also a great guy to talk lacrosse with!  This discussion includes his favorite drill, 2man game, dodging techniques and the way he invented "Torp Soup" AKA Half & Half (half Maryland Crab, half Cream of Crab.  You will love this...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 3.21.20

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2020
 

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it!

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Virtual Lacrosse Summit 

I'm fired up to announce the Q2 VLS coming the week of April 13th!  We have an amazing line up of speakers that will allow us to forget about this dreadful virus and focus on lacrosse!  

Here's our list of speakers and there are more to come! (list is subject to change)

  • Greg Cannella, Head Coach UMass
  • Jim Stagnitta, Head Coach PLL Whipsnakes
  • Steve Brundage, Offensive Coordinator Hobart
  • Dave Pietramala, Head Coach John's Hopkins
  • Darris Kilgour, NLL Hall of Fame player and Championship Coach
  • Tim McCormack, Head Coach Arizona State
  • Sean Allen, Box Lacrosse Coach/executive
  • Pat Myers, Head Coach Lafayette
  • Andrew Baxter, Head Coach Fairfield U
  • Tom Mariano, Head Coach Pace University and MLL Bayhawks
  • John Galloway, Head Coach Jacksonville
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