Growing The Program: University of Nevada-Reno

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.
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Next we head to Reno, NV to check in with Coach Andy Socha of The University of Nevada-Reno lax program.

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

Coach Socha: The goals for our program in the off-season are fairly simply. Try and get the current players I have better by participating in some tournaments, and talk to as many players as I can. Also, another coach and I have begun a U-19 tournament in Tahoe that should help us recruit players.

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

I would like to see our program consistently competing for the WCLL championship in our division. Unfortunately, because of the current MCLA rules we are ineligible for the MCLA championships, but hopefully that issue gets addressed sooner rather then later. I think that the the influx of new talent on this team will take us there. This is the first year that I have had as much contact with future players with experience, and hopefully these players can take us where we want to go.

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 done the best we can with our administration, but unfortunately they have been not been supportive of what we are trying to do. We are constantly fighting for field space to practice, and they give us hardly any economic support. I would like to say that things will hopefully turn around, but with the budget cuts that the state of Nevada is facing things will probably get worse before they get better. We have begun to look outside the University for places to practice and funding as well.
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Maverik Lacrosse: Growing the ProgramContact: Drew Adams, Maverik Lacrosse

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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 success here at Nevada have been minimal, but I would say holding this team together for ten years, when we only had 12-13 players some years, has been an accomplishment. My suggestion to teams that are in our situation is to simply stay focused on the task at hand, which is fielding a team every year. We always say here, we play with what we have, and we don’t worry about the players who quit.

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

Because we don’t meet the requirements to make the MCLA playoffs OOC games really are not very important to us. That being said we always try to have at least two road trips that will be a good time for the team, and will not be to expensive.

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

When I recruit I try and tell the students about not only the University, which has strong academic programs and low tuition, but I try and talk about the great features of Reno. It is a 24 hour town which is great, and Tahoe is only 35 minutes away. This region has a lot to offer geographically.

Thanks for the interview Coach, good luck next season. To find out more about the Wolfpack’s Lax program, check out their website here.
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