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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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A Lacrosse Weekend 3.14.20

Uncategorized Mar 14, 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!

A New Lacrosse World

A lot has changed in a week.  For the first time ever, there is no lacrosse on a March Saturday and we are all sitting here bummed, pissed, scared, numb, and thinking of what might have been.  It seems like a lifetime of events happened over just a few days.  I join all of you, who are fans of the game and who have family members who have had their seasoned whisked away, feeling empty today.

My son's Georgetown team would have played Carolina today in an epic battle of unbeaten teams.   My older daughter is at Arizona State and they were having a great start to the new coaching staff's regime.  My youngest daughter is a junior in HS and I'm one of the coaches.   We had a game on Thursday night which I hope wasn't the first and last.  Our team is a special...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 3.7.20

Uncategorized Mar 07, 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!

Podcast on Re-Classing

I did a Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcast with 3d NE Director, great friend and one of the best and smartest guys in the lacrosse business, Matt Rowley.  Our topic: Re-Classing.  We know there will be a lot of hate mail on this topic, but we felt educating folks was the right thing to do.  Matt and I dive into the lacrosse phenomenon of re-classing; its origins, when to consider doing it, how it works, why it won't work for you, and much more.  This is a must listen if you are a parent of an aspiring boys or girls lacrosse player.  Even if you despise the concept, you might as well know what you're up against!  Click here for the Re-Classing Podcast with Matt Rowley.

Inside the 8 Podcast

Colleen Magarity and I are having a blast with our new podcast on all...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 2.29.20

Uncategorized Feb 29, 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!

Thinking Back to Leap Year 2016

Happy Leap Year everyone!  With an extended February almost over and daylight savings time right around the corner, it finally feels like lacrosse season!  Every time there's a  Leap Year, it makes me think back four years.  Last Leap Year was 2016, my two older kids were Juniors in HS and we were dealing with the tragic loss of the Mountain Vista lacrosse coach, Dr Jake Herman, who was a mentor and great friend to so many.  Hard to believe it's been four years both because it seems so long ago and because time is flying by!  Jake Herman and I became very close coaching Vista Lacrosse together and he was an incredibly positive force on the lives of my children as well as so many other kids.  We miss you Jake!

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