In normal life I read lots of news.
Definitely heavy on sports.
(That’s been non-existent for a month now.)
I saw that Chuck Palahniuk just released a new book.
I didn’t know who he was, so did some research.
He’s the author of Fight Club and Invisible Monsters.
His new book is called Adjustment Day.
(It takes place in the near future and is about a corrupt senator doing some crazy stuff...)
Anyway, I saw that he was on Joe...
I'm tyrin' to make the best circumstance of what we’re faced with…
If it were normal times, we'd be in Miami with the Gonzaga team on spring break (about half way through our season.)
Instead, I’m in California stayin’ at Curt's house.
(I'm teleworkin' with my full-time engineering job....)
Anyway, he’s got a home gym and lots of outdoor space.
Back in mid-March I had a sense this might go on for a while, so I scrambled to develop my...
I’ve talked about dunking before…
...and I want to discuss it some more.
Tyler told me about this podcast called Jacked Athlete.
The host interviewed Ben Patrick (a.k.a. Knees Over Toes guy.)
(Tyler runs Power Train in Rockville. In normal times, I work there as a part-time trainer.)
I listened to the podcast... had a recap w/ Tyler.
We concluded that Ben's workouts were solid.
I signed up for the monthly subscription.
I met Coach Starsia at Billy Glading’s wedding several years ago…
As you might guess, we started talkin’ lacrosse…
That guy LOVES the game!
Anyway, Coach offered to come visit Gonzaga to spend time with our team.
We jumped all over it, and now it’s a regular event.
This was several years ago... (right after he retired from a 42 year college coaching career.)
He started writing a lot.
His stuff is pure gold...
… and the good news is that he just...
Five days are in the books of the 2020 Gonzaga lacrosse season.
We’ve had 5 practices. 2 film sessions. 1 staff workout (at 6:30 AM).... And several coaches meetings.
95% of cuts have been made.
Our first scrimmage is later today against St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (it’s one school with a joint name)...
Opening game is Saturday, March 7 against McDonogh. In the preseason Inside Lacrosse poll, we’re 11th in the country and...
Our season started on February 20th.
February is already in the past…
It’s now March.
Our 3 scrimmages are complete.
The final one was yesterday at Calvert Hall.
Calvert Hall moves the ball lightning fast… and they had several multi-goal runs.
We experienced our first case of adversity… (as a team and a coaching staff.)
It’s hard to find the right coaching words when nothing seems to be going...
I was listening to a recent interview with Andy Shay… the head coach at Yale.
(For those that forgot, Yale won the 2018 lacrosse national championship.)
They dominated Albany in the semis…
Then took down Duke in the finals.
Anyway, part of the interview was about offensive player development.
...specifically SHOOTING the lacrosse ball harder.
Today’s lesson is about “Time & Room” shooting…
A couple years ago, Matt Rienzo, Adam (BTB Lax’s tech guy), my Dad, and I drove out to Salisbury to interview Coach Jim Berkman about the college recruitment process.
Talking to that guy was pure gold.
He’s won 12 Division III National Championships at Salisbury.
I just listened to a Phi-Lacrosse-ophy podcast with Berkman...
In the first 20 minutes alone, there’s a tons of gold for lacrosse players looking to get better.
Lately I’ve been writing A LOT about the parallels between lacrosse and other stuff...
Cross-cutting concepts that can be applied to lacrosse, getting in shape, and life in general.
But today it’s all lacrosse…
And it’s about how proper mechanics can result in better shooting.
Specifically… how to shoot with MORE velocity.
I play LOTS of golf, and it’s amazing how efficient technique can allow golfers to pound...
High school programs don’t typically give out rings for league titles…
...but the Gonzaga lacrosse program does.
Every coach and trainer.
And they aren’t free...
But it happens cuz the program is EXTREMELY organized.
...and having an organized program is more than crafting a good practice plan.
You NEED to have a head coach that handles all the behind-the-scenes necessities - fundraising, hiring...