There are plenty of ways to get noticed if you are from a non-hotbed LAX area
Athletes should be proactive if they want to gain lacrosse college coaches' attention
Want to get noticed from college lacrosse coaches? Look into club teams that play national tournaments. Find out if college coaches have attended those tournaments in the past and reach out to them.
Baltimore, Long Island and Philadelphia are considered traditional hotbed areas for high school lacrosse, but one look at a college lacrosse roster and it's obvious that players are coming from other areas of the country, now more than ever.
But as lacrosse becomes more prevalent in areas like California, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, players in those areas will continue to improve.
ESPN RISE spoke with five Division I head coaches and asked them for recruiting advice for players from non-traditional areas.
ESPN RISE: Is there anything athletes from non-traditional lacrosse areas can do to get noticed?
Kevin Corrigan, Notre Dame
“It’s tougher for kids who are not from traditional areas. You’re best bet is to try to get some people to give you some advice. Start with the events and games you’re playing in. If you are in a good league and you’re one of the best players in your league it will help you."
Matt Kerwick, Jacksonville University
“From the non-traditional areas here in Florida and out in California, a lot of what we’re learning about them has been initiated from them – they send us a link. It’s very important to be proactive and reach out to coaches even if you think it might be a long shot. Don’t be afraid to send an e-mail early. Get their name out to the coaches and schools they’re interested in early.”
Dave Pietramala, Johns Hopkins
“This is a world of technology now and they need to use the Internet. We’ve recruited kids off a link from a website. If a coach is worth his weight in gold, someone on the staff is going to evaluate that footage. If you’re in a non-traditional area and have not been able to get out to the camps, that’s an easy way to put yourself in front of a college coach. We have a couple guys here we recruited strictly off video we received.”
Bill Tierney, University of Denver
“The YouTube and DVD thing is a double-edged sword. It’s a way for them to get introduced to that coach, but I don’t think there are many coaches out there that are going to say to a kid, 'yes I have 10 spots, and from your DVD you’re on my list.' What they will say is, 'I liked your DVD and where are you playing?' They need to see them live. The other edge is if it’s not good or not good enough, that will be the end of it. They’re not going to write them back and say 'I didn’t like your clip, but I’m going to give you a second chance.'"
Charles Toomey, Loyola
“Hopefully they can look into some of the club programs in their area and find out what exposure tournaments they go to. Once they find out about the tournaments, find out what colleges have attended those tournaments in the past. That’s their chance to be in front of those coaches. Take the time to reach out to the college coach and let them know you’re going to be there. Send them an e-mail with your jersey number, game times and where you’re going to be so it’s easier for us to track you once we get there.”
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