MCLAFan.com is proud to introduce Growing The Program, a summer content series presented by Maverik Lacrosse.
As we all know, the MCLA is growing and gaining more and more exposure each year. To help fuel the momentum, MCLAFan.com is conducting interviews with each and every coach in the MCLA about growing their program. We hope to create a valuable resource for current MCLA teams, new programs and potential recruits. We’re proud to have Maverik Lacrosse and Bigfoot Lacrosse on board to support this movement.
Next we head to Dayton, Ohio to check out the Dayton University Flyers‘ lacrosse team. We spoke with Head Coach Charlie Mark to find out all about their program.
MCLA Fan: What are your goals for program growth this off-season? What are you doing to reach them?
Coach Mark: We have a combination of 3 of the top ten best attackmen in the history of our Program. We are trying to scrimmage as many D I and NCAA teams as we can, to ensure viable defensive competition. We got surprised by getting knocked out early in the Tournament last year because we were not ready – we all agreed to never let that happen again. We want to bring some of our savvy younger sticks on Attack – to Midfield to get them more PT. We plan to launch an aggressive wing four corner offense to release the Midfield talent we enjoy.
Where do you see your program in 5 years? How will it get there?
The University of Dayton (UD) has adopted the Sport of Lacrosse. Our fans, Alumni, and Student Body are part of the reason why we now can use the football grass stadium and the turfed WELCOME Stadium for home games. The demographics of the Cincinnati / Dayton corridor having started 83 high school lacrosse programs in the last five years make sponsoring lacrosse a natural realization for UD. There is no doubt, the Administration is positively behind the Men’s and Women’s Program successes. I expect the Women’s sport to go NCAA first, and then our Men’s team will follow.
What are some key steps you’ve taken (or your program has taken) to promote your team on campus and create relationships with administration?
At UD if you want something set-up like chairs, tables, cleaned up like Christmas trees, paper shredding, moving files, moving boxes, unloading furniture for move in day, working at the Shelter – CALL THE LAX GUYS. We fund raised over $113,000 to execute our 2009 budget objectives last season. We adopted a Player’s Code of Conduct pledging loyalty, honor, respect, and relentless tenacity on and off the field to respect each other, our Sport, and our opponent. We represent the”blue collar” portion of the MCLA – we earn it.
Contact: Drew Adams, Maverik Lacrosse
What has been the most important part of your program’s success so far? Do you have any advice for other coaches (or team presidents) who are working to build a better program?
The UD Lacrosse program exemplifies a focus on a student athlete’s Body, Mind, and Spirit (BMS):
- Fifty Student Athletes coming together to build, fund, and facilitate a nationally recognized sports program ranked #5 in the national MCLA poll
- 5 democratically chosen Captains of all UD Classes mentoring, sharing skills, knowledge, and the typical hurts and pains they experience together. Each Captain learns what makes his 9 players tic, their studies, girlfriend issues, dog, wants, desires, anything – one for each other – a family away from their family
- Personal prayer, promises, and commitment to each other before every contest
- A demonstrated desire to bring pride to each other, our University, and their families – selfless field play working for the GB or the assist
Out of conference games are always an integral part of making it to the National Tournament. What do you look for in OOC opponents when scheduling?
Overall top notch team play combined with recognized National ranking—reliability of the opposing Coaching Staff and their organization
When recruiting, what do you tell potential recruits about your program and university? What do you have to offer?
Many of the aspects I mentioned above are part of our offering letter. We let them know “club” is a four letter work – we are a non sponsored sport. They understand upfront that to be UD Lax you must buy-in to BMS.
Thanks for the great interview Coach, to find out more about the Dayton Flyers lax team, check out their team website here.
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