Growing The Program: University of Pittsburgh

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 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to check in with Coach Sean Buzzard and the Pittsburgh lacrosse team.

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

Coach Buzzard: This off season we are focusing on increasing the roster size, establishing better connections with local youth and high school programs, and strengthening bond with other club sports and campus organizations. I was asked to come speak to a start up U-15 travel team this summer and brought along one of our Junior players. The kids responded well and it was good to see a new program popping up. Our staff will be meeting next week with the women’s lacrosse coach to work on ways for our programs to help each other throughout the season.

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

Competing regularly for spot in the MCLA tournament either by virtue of a winning the CCLA tournament or receiving an at-large bid. Getting there will take consistency, hard work, and a high level of commitment from our players and coaching staff.

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

Last year, as an all new staff, we had to attend meetings and go out of our way to reach out and learn University processes and make connections. This year we will build on those relationships and hopefully make the administration as excited as we are about Pitt Lacrosse.
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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?

Our staff had to really step back and decide on goals early last season. We were brought on board very late and were set on developing a new culture and attitude. Setting standards and stressing accountability cost us some roster numbers–but by the end of the season we were a stronger group who had faced a lot of adversity together. We only graduated 5 seniors and I expect a tight knit group to return this fall. They will be joined by a huge group of incoming freshmen and transfer students.

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

Obviously, we want to identify teams that strengthen our schedule and give us that opportunity to create a buzz with a big win. We would also like to develop rivalries with other Big East schools, and may approach that front by visiting South Florida this spring and tackling another of the strong Florida programs while we are down that way.

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

I have been amazed by the number of student athletes who have reached out since last fall. I travel a bit for my job with the Air Guard and have been able to observe some recruits practice and play. I tell them that we will be a part of building something together, and that have a great opportunity to continue playing lacrosse at a great University. HAIL TO PITT!

Thanks for the great interview Coach. To find out more about the Panthers lax program, head over to their team website here.

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