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U11 Coyote Coach: Davis Brown

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Our own U11 Coyote Coach Davis Brown is making waves at Sewanee, The University of the South.

The following press release may also be viewed at: www.sewaneetigers.com

The Sewanee Men’s Lacrosse team dominated the first half of play and held off Fontbonne’s fourth quarter surge to defeat the visiting Griffins 12-10 and record their first victory of the season.  Sewanee went ahead early, scoring eleven goals to Fontbonne’s four in the first three quarters on their way to the win.  In the final quarter, the Fontbonne Griffins posted a near comeback, scoring six consecutive goals, but the Tigers held them at bay with a late fourth quarter insurance goal from midfielder Reed Daniel (Houston, Texas, St. John’s School).

The Tigers started the scoring early and wrapped up the first quarter up 3-1.  Outscoring Fontbonne 7-1 in the second quarter and 1-0 in the third quarter, the Tigers were comfortably in the lead heading into the final frame with an 11-4 lead. The fourth quarter proved to be the strongest for Fontbonne, as the Griffins mounted an impressive comeback, including six consecutive goals to come within one goal of a tie.  Sewanee was able to hold off the Griffins’ strong attack in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter to hold Fontbonne at bay and walk away with the win  Capping off the Tiger win was Daniel’s last-minute goal.

Sewanee’s underclassmen proved too much for the Fontbonne defense to handle.  Sophomore Pierce Leonard (Charlotte, N.C., Culver Military Academy) picked up three goals and one assist, while freshman Davis Brown (Norcross, Ga., Wesleyan School) added two goals and three assists.  In addition, Daniel, a freshman, recorded two goals and one assist, while sophomore John Stiefel(Jacksonville, Fla., Episcopal School of Jacksonville)chipped in two goals.  Senior Hank Gerrity (Cumberland, Maine, North Yarmouth Academy), sophomore Carson Pfiefer (Louisville, Ky., Louisville Collegiate), and senior Will Grimes (Marietta, Ga., Harrison High School) all scored one goal apiece.

Sewanee dominated Fontbonne in faceoffs, winning sixteen faceoffs to Fontbonne’s three.  Sewanee goalkeeper Spencer Graves(Lynchburg, Va., Episcopal School) recorded nine saves throughout the first three periods, while fourth-quarter goalkeeper Tommy Healy(Bethesda, Md., Gonzaga) recorded four saves.  Fontbonne’s Chad Meurer picked up eight saves in the first half, while Tommy Carroll saved six shots in the second half.

“We did a lot of things well, but there was definitely a lot we need to improve on,” recapped Tiger Head Coach Marty Watters.  “We had a solid first half, but the second half let down is something we need to address.  It was nice to see us hold on in the end, though.  At the end of the day, we won and it’s tough to complain about being 1-0 after three weeks of practice.”

The Sewanee Tigers will travel to Nashville on February 26th to play Wittenberg.  Game time is set for 1:00 P.M.

Sewanee Tigers

Sewanee Tigers

Way to go Davis!

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No Let Up

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I saw my good friend Tony Luisi, last week and he inspired me to post something he wrote about his firm and me.  Tony has been an instrumental person in my life since our college days on the Football and Lacrosse fields.  His Dad (Mr. Ralph Luisi) coined the phrase No Let Up as he patrolled the sidelines of our games.  Tony’s mother Millie was also an incredible part of my life and her Mass Card hangs in my office to this day.

Tony, thanks for recognizing me and rest assured I will not LET UP!

To learn more about No Let up click here:

http://noletup.com/Default.asp

This is why there is a NO Let Up… community for people like you.

No Let Up began as a chant that echoed loud and clear from the sidelines at every competitive event we can remember. I can still hear the words of encouragement, the voice, the situation and most of all the purpose. But it wasn’t the phrase or timeliness of the chant; it was the inspiration and the character of the man who chanted the phrase. You just seemed to get it, understand it, feel it; there wasn’t a question in our minds about the meaning of the chant. it instilled in us the meaning of carrying ourselves with Pride, always giving 110% Effort and playing the game with the Respect and Sportsmanship it deserved …… The chant was consistent. The meaning was the same. It was contagious.

Mentor…. Teach… Inspire ….

The chant “No Let Up” instilled in us to prepare, to use our God given talents, to never give up, to battle, because no matter what the situation or the score, if you had that character with relentless spirit you were a winner. At that time, our whole lives were played out on that field, and the lessons we learned have lasted well after we stopped playing on Saturday mornings. The lessons have lasted throughout our high school years, onto the collegiate level, and yes dealing with this ride called life. It has been so inspiring that our teammates, friends, business associates and opponents caught on at every level.

No Let Up was no longer just a motivating tagline, it was a part of the way we tried to live our life. It was your character – the way you carried yourself, your persistence – your perpetual drive to keep going, and your relentless spirit – the positive aura emitted by someone with this “no quit” attitude who always holds their head high. Just look around, there are examples in our everyday life of that No Let Up spirit.

We all know someone who has inspired us, either by their deed, their character or their challenges in life. So lets recognize those who have that spirit, that drive, that persistent. Tell their story. Share the story. Inspire Us.

Today !!!! No Let Up Recognizes …… Lou Corsetti

Principles of Coaching

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I believe that if you take a few team Principles and leverage them around a program of creating responsibility, self-motivation, attitude and respect within each player, you will have a formula for individual and team growth and accomplishment.

Principle 1:  Have Fun

Every moment both practices and games should be fun.  Eliminate as much down time in practice as possible,   keep your drills as up tempo drills (no drill should last more then 8-12 minutes) (some drills can be as little as 3-5 minutes).  Don’t over coach.  Demonstrate the skill then get out of the way.

Principle 2: Have a Plan

Practice plans can be the coaches best friend.  Don’t have a practice if you don’t have a plan.  You can always improvise i.e. your plan is modeled for 22 players and only 8 players can make practice.  I cannot emphasize how important a practice plan is for your teams success.

Principle 3: Everyone should play (Youth Lacrosse)

Youth sports should be a positive fun experience.  The statistics are staggering.  Almost 75% of all youth sports participants stop playing at the age of 13.  Most of this can be attributed to, warming the bench without equal playing time, practices that are disorganized or boring, no improvement of individual and team skills.  I am a firm believer that kids learn from their peers (good and bad) and if you only play your better players the other players will never improve.  Plus it is a great opportunity to have your better players become mentors

Principle 4: Teach every position

It is very important to teach every player each position on the lacrosse field.  This is especially true when coaching grades K-4.  Most 5-6 graders and 7-8 graders tend to gravitate to a specific position.  My rallying cry as a middle school coach is to “find a way to get on the field”.  Many of my players move on to the Varsity as 9th graders and because they can play multiple positions they find more playing time at the JV and Varsity level and the tend to contribute right away.

Principle 5: Emphasize the Fundamentals

All to often coaches skip over the most basic skills in the game of lacrosse.  I have the philosophy that everyone knows “NOTHING”.  While this seems harsh we re-introduce the fundamentals to all of our players like…how to hold a stick,  Build a foundation that will never break by teaching the basics properly.  Learning the fundamentals and perfecting the basics at every level are paramount for future success.

Principle 6: Skill Progression

When planning your season incorporate skills that will allow players to grasp fundamentals and concepts that build on daily accomplishments.  Start small and build to more aggressive skills.  Players will be able to piece together each component of the drills in practice and eventually to game situations.  It is no secret that when kids experience improvement, no matter their athletic ability, they will continue to participate and return to learn more.

Principle 7: Set Goals & Rules

Define goals that you have for them right away, especially with individuals. Let each player know what things you expect of him, what roles you would like to see him fill. A leader needs to use his system of beliefs to create the kind of character on the team that expresses who you are. This is how you, the coach will be happiest. You will naturally reinforce the things that they do that display the signature you put on the team.

Give your team a few rules about their behavior or what you expect of them. Make it gospel and build your team from there. If you don’t give them a few rules, then it is just recess. Don’t give them too many rules or they will lose focus. Sit down and decide what three rules you want. This will put a stamp of your character on this group.

Principle 8: Be POSITIVE

Being positive in my opinion is the most important Principle.  Kids get very frustrated when a coach is constantly brow beating them and yelling and screaming.  Bud Grant “Hall of Fame Football Coach” very rarely raised his voice.  His approach was to tell the player not what he was doing wrong but by asking him to try doing something a different way…as an example:  “hey John that was a pretty good play the way you hustled, next try try getting your hips turned up field and you will have better success taking away the top side”.  By giving a complement and then another solution the player will be more willing to try and improve.