Editor’s note: After the success of our “Growing the Program” series last year, we knew we had to follow up with another league-wide update. So, this Fall we’re hitting the streets in search of new information about teams around the MCLA. We’re asking questions about try-outs, players to watch, team promotion, coaching changes and everything this side of the Mississippi. With that, here come our Fall Ball Reports!
Each report will feature a different MCLA team, touching on the importance of Fall Ball and anticipation of the 2012 season – which is just a few months away!
Today we’re speaking with Coach Ryan Larsen of Wabash College.
MCLA Fan: How many players attended team tryouts this Fall?
Coach Larsen: 35.
What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for 8 weeks during the months of September, October, and November. Also one of our Assistant Coaches, Tim Cheek, and I have been offering individual and group sessions throughout the fall semester.
What is your team’s Fall game/tournament schedule?
Butler University – October 3rd
Eastern Illinois – October 8th
DePauw University – November 7th
What aspect(s) of your team do you hope to most improve upon from last year?
1. Developing young players
2. Tightening down our defensive scheme
3. Ball Control at the Midfield
4. Finishing at Attack
Who are the top 5 players we should be paying attention to this season?
#17 Tyler Presley, SR, Attack
#3 Phil Rosborough, SR, Attack
#5 Daniel Lesch, SR, LSM
#99 John Decker, SO, Defense
#23 Glenn Patterson, FR, Midfield
Have there been any changes to your coaching staff? If so, please fill us in…
I was hired in May of 2011, and in June of 2011 I hired Tim Cheek (Wabash Class of 2010) as an Assistant Coach. I will also be looking to add one more assistant after the Fall Ball season, for this Spring.
What are you doing to promote your program on campus and in the community?
Lots of social media: Facebook (search Wabash College Lacrosse), Twitter (@WabashLax and @RyanDLarsen, website, etc. Also our team has been publicized by fellow LaxAllStars.com blog 412, and by our student newspaper “The Bachelor.” We have also attended all school student senate meetings, club fairs, and I have personally sat down with many of the campus administrators to talk about the growth of our program.
What are your program’s top 3 goals for the upcoming 2012 season?
1. Individual Development
2. Build Team Chemistry and begin installing our team’s schemes/systems
3. Set the foundation for the Spring
Thanks so much for speaking with us Coach Larsen. Good luck this season!