Student-athletes are young people first and foremost. Their development as athletes should not be independent from their development as people living in their community and an ever-changing world. It is my strong belief that skills learned on the field can be lessons for life as well; these lessons include:
- Working within a team
- Overcoming challenges, both physical and mental
- What it means to be part of something bigger than the individual
Lacrosse is fast paced and physically and mentally demanding. Practices are designed to support success. It is important to be prepared each practice ready to work your hardest. I believe in a well thought out plan and being mentally prepared for what to expect. Therefore, there will be a plan attached to the practice in TeamSnap every day for the players to view beforehand to understand what to expect.
A team is as good as its culture. I believe in a culture of players taking ownership, holding themselves accountable, and having the skills and knowledge to make their own decisions. I collaborate a lot with the captains and leaders on this team. Leaders create leaders and it is my goal to create a team culture where all players feel they have a voice and for players to empower each other to become the best they can be.
This is an intense sport, and our team goals are serious but at the end of the day we are fortunate to be involved in a game. This fact can’t be forgotten, and we will ensure players are having fun together through high intensity friendly competition, positive team culture, and pride in being part of this team.
Coach Ray Pryphun