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 St. Cloud, Minnesota to check in with Coach Chaun Klemetsrud and the St. Cloud State men’s lacrosse program.
MCLA Fan: What are your goals for program growth this off-season? What are you doing to reach them?
Coach Klemetsrud: Most, if not all, of our returning players and incoming recruits competed in summer leagues to improve their skills this offseason. Many coached youth lacrosse as well to stay involved with the game, increase the visibility of our program, and grow has leaders.
Where do you see your program in 5 years? How will it get there?
In five years we fully expect to contend for our conference title every year. We feel our program is really turning a corner by bringing in some great young talent through recruiting, and using our ties throughout the MN lacrosse community to gain exposure for our university.
What are some key steps you’ve taken to promote your team on campus and create relationships with administration?
Our team has always worked hard to build relationships with campus officials and administration. Many of our players are active members of other clubs on campus and once students hear we have a lacrosse program it instantly peaks their interest. We are also lucky enough to have a very supportive athletic director as well as sports club coordinator who truly want to see our team succeed and help promote our image on campus.
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?
Being a club sport I feel that the players take great pride being such an integral part of the decision making process and team operations. Ultimately it is their team, they own the program. If I were to give advice to other coaches looking to build their program I would say recruit players that truly have a passion for the game. No one earns a scholarship to play MCLA lacrosse so you need to find the players willing to put in the work on the practice field and in the classroom. I feel we’re doing a great job of that at St. Cloud State.
Out of conference (OOC) games are always an integral part of making it to the National Tournament in Denver. What do you look for in OOC opponents when scheduling?
When scheduling OOC games we look to find competitive games against teams that will challenge us. No one wants an easy victory over their OOC opponent or vice versa. With the cost of travel this can be increasingly difficult but we still look to seek strong OOC teams to help ready ourselves for the UMLL schedule.
When recruiting, what do you tell potential recruits about your program and university? What do you have to offer?
We tell recruits that when coming to St Cloud State University they not only have the opportunity for a great education, but the chance to continue to play lacrosse at a high level. We are the second largest university in MN yet we still have the feel of a small campus, and I would argue that we have the best facilities for lacrosse in MN. We have access to our turf football field all year round, and during the winter months a dome is placed over it to keep it nice and toasty while the temperature outside is below freezing. But ultimately it comes down to the bond you create with your teammates. Its a brotherhood and all of the guys on the team become family. Having been a St Cloud State lacrosse player myself I’ve developed friendships that will last forever, and that’s what made my college experience truly memorable.
Thanks for the interview Coach, good luck next season. To find out more about the Huskies lax team, head over to their team website here.
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