On a special college lacrosse preview edition of Glenn Clark Radio Feb. 2, men's coaches from Division I Baltimore-area schools stopped by to share their team's outlook for the 2017 season. Here's what they had to say:
"I think there are ways to quickly change the culture, and there are some things, going back [to] my time at Maryland and Loyola, that we instilled throughout the fall -- standards and procedures that we kind of said, 'Hey, these are non-negotiable to us in order to be successful.' The great part about that was there was zero resistance from the guys on the team."
- UMBC head lacrosse coach Ryan Moran on how he's trying to turn the program around in his first season
"It's really continued to springboard our guys to want to give more to each other. And it's something that, as a program, has been beneficial for us. And I think with the national exposure that we got, with being on ESPN and stuff like that, has definitely strengthened the Towson University lacrosse brand."
- Towson head lacrosse coach Shawn Nadelen on what last year's NCAA tournament run has done for his team moving forward
"When you get that far, you've got to look at two things. One -- you have to be appreciative of how far you got and the great job the kids did and that the people around you have done. Yet you're never truly satisfied, so there's, 'Where else can we change?' Because getting to championship weekend is incredibly hard, and we're so respectful and appreciative of being there. But also, listen, we're at Maryland. This is one of our things we want to try to do. We didn't do enough. So how can we improve?"
- Maryland head lacrosse coach John Tillman on trying to finally break through and win a national championship after making it to the title game for a third time last year
"When you have standards and you have a standard of excellence like we have here, just making the playoffs isn't good enough. It's certainly not good enough for me, and it's not good enough for our players. Forget external influences -- pressure's not the right word, because pressure's what comes from within. We were in the Final Four two years ago. We've dealt with some challenges. But that's athletics; that's life. We need to do the things we need to do to handle those pressures."
- Johns Hopkins head lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala on the difficulty of living up to annual expectations for the program
"Those first couple years were not easy to transition for everyone -- the coaches, the players, certainly the alumni. But we weathered that storm. I took a page out of Coach [Bill] Belichick's [book]; I believe he's the one who coined the phrase 'ignore the noise.' That's what we did those first couple years."
- Navy head lacrosse coach Rick Sowell on getting the program turned around after a difficult first three seasons in Annapolis, Md.
"We talked about enjoying the journey again. That February is about finding yourself and becoming a team. Hopefully we're playing our best lacrosse by May. As a coach, that's my take on it. That's what we talked about in our first meeting, 'Don't play to get to May.' Play to get through this next practice and let's just keep getting better. Let's enjoy this journey and push each other to be the best versions that we can be."
- Loyola head lacrosse coach Charley Toomey on how the Greyhounds can reach the Final Four in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history
Issue 230: February 2017