Growing The Program: University of Oklahoma

SHARE 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, 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 Norman, Oklahoma to check in with Coach Mark Purcell and the Oklahoma men’s lacrosse program.

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MCLA Fan: What are your goals for program growth this off-season? What are you doing to reach them?

Coach Purcell: Off season goals include recruiting 10+ high school lacrosse players to select OU as their university of choice.

Where do you see your program in 5 years? How will it get there?

I see the University of Oklahoma having a lacrosse roster of 35 players all whom played high school lacrosse of which 20 were worthy of being invited to the T99 recruiting camp.  We will get there by attending the regional recruiting camps and getting word out about the strong level of coaching and commitment to increasing the overall level of our program at the University of Oklahoma.

What are some key steps you’ve taken (or your program has taken) to promote your team on campus and create relationships with administration?

We have a great relationship with the university and have an Advisor, Kelly Collyar, assigned to our program by the university to ensure we follow the athletic guidelines and appropriate athletic image.

Maverik Lacrosse: Growing the ProgramContact: 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?

You have to get an adult lacrosse coach.  You also need an university liaison so that you can be an extension of the university athletic program.

OOC games are always an integral part of making it to the National Tournament. What do you look for in OOC opponents when scheduling?

We look for OOC games based on geography and level of play.  In 2011, we will play Kansas, Kansas State, University of Wisconsin, in OOC games.

When recruiting, what do you tell potential recruits about your program and university? What do you have to offer?

Pick a school based on your academic studies that you want to attend and then play lacrosse for their program.  Not visa versa.

Thanks for the interview Coach, good luck next season. To find out more about the Sooners’ lax team, head over to their team website here.
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