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 Provo, Utah to check in with Head Coach Matt Schneck and the Brigham Young Men’s lacrosse team.
MCLA Fan: What are your goals for program growth this off-season?
Coach Schneck: During the off season we focus on 3 things. 1) Identifying the team for the upcoming season. 2) Condition 3) Teach the team the basics of our Offense and Defense.
What are you doing to reach them?
We try to be consistent in giving each of these areas attention.
Where do you see your program in 5 years?
Strong and disciplined.
How will it get there?
The coaching staff needs to be stable and consistent.
What are some key steps you’ve taken (or your program has taken) to promote your team on campus and create relationships with administration?
I meet with the administration on a weekly basis and am in communication several times each week. Our administration is fantastic. They support the coaching staff, the team and the goals that we have set for the program.
Contact: Drew Adams, Maverik Lacrosse
What has been the most important part of your program’s success so far?
Administrative Support, Alumni and Parental Support, Dedicated Players and Coaches.
Do you have any advice for other coaches (or team presidents) who are working to build a better program?
Build a great relationship with the administration and be trustworthy of the opportunities you are given.
Out of conference (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 have always focused on playing the best competition. We never turn down a game vs. a Top 10 opponent. This year we should be facing 6 top 10 teams.
When recruiting, what do you tell potential recruits about your program and university?
BYU is a special place to get an education. It’s unique in every way. We recruit lacrosse players that understand what it means to go to BYU. Because the academic standards (incoming freshman need to have a 3.8 GPA and a 28+ ACT to be considered) are so high, we are unable to recruit every player that is interested in playing at BYU. This last year we were able to see over 600 kids at our lacrosse camp and had a recruiting night with all of them. We tell them that they need to do 2 things if they want to play at BYU. 1) Focus on their studies. 2.) Be an athlete, not just a lacrosse player.
What do you have to offer?
The list of what BYU and BYU Lacrosse has to offer is quite extensive. Here is a short list… BYU has some of the nicest athletic and academic facilities in the country. Our team is fortunate to have dedicated lacrosse practice and game facilities. The team also plays on National Television each year.
Thanks for the interview Coach, good luck this season. To find out more about the Cougars’ lax team, head over to their team website here.
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