Archive for September, 2009

Who Wants to be a Coach Anyway?

September 30, 2009

By: Neil Cunningham
Head Women’s Soccer Coach

What a week I have had as a Head Coach. I have ridden the proverbial rollercoaster ride of what it means to be a college coach and have been tested on so many levels all in the space of a week. In coaching, there is never a dull moment and no two days are alike. What an adventure.

Let me give you just a brief look inside a week as a head coach at Washington and Lee.

Saturday 19th September: Its game time against the Marlins from Virginia Wesleyan, a team we have not had much success against for five long years. My six-year old son has told me of this fact all week leading up to the game. ( I preferred it when he could not read)

Jeremy Franklin for WLUR also made sure he mentioned it just a few times. I can only imagine what Division 1 football coaches go through regularly.

To cut a long story short, we won and in convincing fashion.  The score was 4-1 in front of a large, enthusiastic home crowd. The team’s record was 4-0 and we are on top of the mountain. It’s the talk of campus.  Players, parents and coaching staff are ecstatic.

Next,  we face Hollins University. Hardly the same caliber of opponent and I mean that as no disrespect to Hollins.  Their coaching staff have done a fine job, but nevertheless a potential banana skin. It is only three days since our big win over VWC so spirits are high and we are in confident mood. Our opponent is focused, fired up and ready to battle hard for every ball. It takes us 40 minutes to finally break them down and we win in rather unconvincing fashion. It’s a win, right? We are all not exactly thrilled with our performance, but we put it behind us as we prepare for the National Champions, Messiah College, three days away.

The day after our unconvincing win over Hollins, I decided that I would drive to Grantham, PA to scout our next opponent, Messiah College. A four-hour drive, one way, in driving rain is not my idea of fun. It rained during the game and all the way home.  The night was even more memorable as I was stopped for speeding in Maryland (apparently 65 in a 60 is punishable by death in Maryland). Arriving back in Lexington at 1.30am, tired and still wet, I was then followed home by the Lexington Police for apparently being out after midnight (also a crime punishable by death).

Trust me, I cannot make this stuff up!

I returned to prepare the team for a huge game against the No. 1 team in the nation.  We were all very excited although obviously a little nervous. We lost the game 5-0 (glad I drove all the way to scout the opponent) and recorded the worst loss in my tenure at Washington and Lee. To add insult to injury, our bus driver crashed into a beautiful historic bridge at Messiah. Luckily we were only going 2 mph (not sure if that is classed as speeding in PA)

So in answering my original question “Who wants to coach anyway” the answer is quite emphatically I DO. I love it. It’s a wonderful profession that leaves me everyday waiting for the next. I love going to work everyday.  I love having the opportunity to be around fine students and work for the finest of academic institutions.

I would like to leave you with a story that I share with my Coaching Philosophy class every semester. It sums up many of my sentiments in a very clear manner. I believe coaches make a difference. I apologize for not knowing the origins of this story because frankly, I have no clue.

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO tried to explain the problem with college athletics. He argued, “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to be a coach?”

He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about coaches: Those who cannot play, are those who coach. To stress the point he said to another guest, “You’re a coach, be honest, What do you make?”

Having a reputation for honesty and frankness the guest replied, “ You want to know what I make?”

I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I make a C+ feel like the winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor. I make kids run through 90 minutes of practice and sweat. I make kids turn dreams into reality”

You want to know what I make?

I make kids wonder
I make them question
I make them criticize
I make them apologize and mean it
I make them co-operate
I make them competitive and respectful

I make them understand that if you have the will to follow your dreams, should anybody try to judge you by a mistake you made, you must not pay any attention because you tried and gave it your all

I make teams from individuals who work together to build success.

He paused and continued. “ You want to know what I make?” I MAKE A DIFFERENCE; I MAKE LEADERS, I MAKE OTHER PROFESSIONS POSSIBLE

Then he asked the CEO, “ What do you make?”

From Coast to Coast

September 30, 2009

By: Kris Hoey
Head Women’s Cross Country Coach

Brrrrrrr?!

It is really kind of neat to look at the rosters of our athletes and see where everyone is from.  We have athletes from all over the country here at Washington and Lee.  It is nice to be able to bring a range of perspectives, ideas and traditions from different areas to our teams.  

One of our girls flew to all of her meets in high school because she lived on an island and in order to compete in any sports all the teams had to fly.  Another only competed in dual meets and never in any big invitationals, and another was home schooled and running was her “PE”.  It is fun to talk with each of these ladies about their experiences and how it relates to things we do as a team here at W&L.

With the changing of the seasons in the fall come some warm days, some cooler days, and some athletes wondering what to wear.   For example, one of our team members is from Alaska, do you think she is going to be cold today?  Highly unlikely.  My South Carolina and Georgia natives, well this is another story.  It is always entertaining, to see who comes to practice with tights for the first time. They usually get razzed a bit by the “colder” states folk.  On the flip side, the Texans and Louisianans don’t mind the early September humidity as much as the PA and Mass folks do.  

Where ever we are from, and if we think it is chilly or not, we have all come to love this small town of Lexington, Virginia and Washington and Lee University that resides in it.

Lee-Jackson Classic

September 28, 2009

By: Gene McCabe
Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach

The annual Lee-Jackson Lacrosse Classic is this week. This Friday, October 2nd at 7:30 PM on Wilson Field, your Washington and Lee Men’s Lacrosse team will face-off against its cross town rival VMI for the 23rd consecutive year.

The Lee-Jackson game was originally created as a way to help promote the growth of youth lacrosse in our Lexington/Rockbridge community.  For the first 20 years the game was played in the traditional regular season. Three years ago, both schools decided to move this game to our non-traditional season. Rigid conference scheduling, NCAA game limits, and the pressures to make the NCAA tournament are a few reasons why both programs agreed to move the game from the spring to the fall.  It is a move that likely saved the game.

The players love playing this game in the fall. We are able to schedule the game on a weekend which gives more people in our community the chance to attend the game. For the players, it provides additional motivation and a focal point to our fall non-traditional segment. While players on both sides enjoyed the rivalry in the past, they love playing this game in the fall.

There are many great moments throughout the history of this series. VMI won the 1st contest in 1988. W&L went on to win the next 16 in a row before VMI won decisively in 2005. Since 2005 W&L has won four in a row. The game has been decided by four goals or less 10 times. The game itself is traditionally one of the most physical and high scoring lacrosse games we play every year.

At the conclusion of the game each year, the winner receives the Lee Jackson Classic trophy.  In addition each team names the annual Worrell-Fallon MVP for the game. The Worrell-Fallon Award was named in honor of VMI alumnus DeWitt Worrell and former W&L football coach and lacrosse official Gary Fallon.

The Lee-Jackson classic represents an opportunity for the W&L, VMI, and greater Lexington/Rockbridge communities to come together to celebrate and enjoy the game of lacrosse.  It is the only show in town this Friday night. Bring your friends and families to the game and enjoy what promises to be a hard fought, competitive game!

Settling In

September 24, 2009
Rachel Buck

Rachel Buck

By: Rachel Buck
Sports Information Assistant

What a few months it has been for me so far at W&L! For this being my first venture into collegiate athletics (all of my other experiences have been in the professional/minor league level) I can say that I am truly enjoying my experience!

I was chatting a few nights ago with my roommate (and assistant field hockey coach) about the season thus far when she mentioned that the fall sports would be reaching their mid-point this week. It’s so hard to believe, I just can’t figure out where the time has gone, but it’s been a great ride thus far!

So I decided to reflect back on my nearly three months here and what has made this time so enjoyable for me.

One of the biggest things that I’ve noticed making the transition from the pro to collegiate worlds is the passion and love of the game. Don’t get me wrong, there are, of course, professional teams that play with heart, but I often found myself (both at games worked and as an attendee) that a lot of games sometimes left me feeling empty when I left the stadium. It was especially evident after losses: sometimes you felt like the player left it all out on the field, but most of the time I felt that once a team went down so did their play, resulting in more of a “let’s just finish this game and get out of here” mentality than a “let’s rally and get back in” (exhibit A: my Brewers and their mid-season meltdown that they never seemed to recover from).

But here at W&L I’ve noticed a different mentality and passion for the game. Here we’re not fighting with big contracts, holdouts and often egos that appear in the upper levels. The players that are here and playing a sport are here because they truly love the game. They had a desire to play the game beyond high school and were fortunate to find an environment where they could continue to develop not only on the field, but also challenge themselves academically. The athletes that I’ve seen play are their own cheerleaders: supporting each other no matter how much they are up or down on the scoreboard, and they play every minute with all the passion for their beloved sport. Last weekend the women’s soccer team played Va. Wes and I couldn’t help but get caught-up in the game. I found myself standing in the press box and celebrating (of course with press box etiquette) when the girls registered goals. I truly believe the passion of the players on the field translates to the audience watching, and it’s that electricity that I’ve fallen in love with here at W&L.

And that care and passion for everything extends beyond the field. Everyone that I work with, from our SID office to the coaches and administration has been patient and understanding with me as I adjust to a new venue with no previous experience. Everyone that I have met has been helpful and kind, making my transition here easy and enjoyable. So thank you all.

And for me, I’m going to continue to enjoy the company and great environment that surrounds me at W&L as I watch the fall season start to crawl towards its end and prepare for the winter sports season. Oh, and learn to say Maggie without my Wisconsin accent.

The Teacher-Scholar Model

September 23, 2009

By: Wendy Orrison
Head Field Hockey Coach

I attended the Teacher-Scholar Symposium that was hosted here at Washington and Lee the first part of the week.  I wasn’t sure how any of the information, panels, or keynote speakers would impact my world of coaching, but I was interested and it was right here on campus, so I decided to go. I’m teaching my first academic class this spring as well, a wellness course, and I thought perhaps I would gain some insight that may prove useful for that course.

What I discovered is that team sports are, in my mind, an amazing paradigm of the liberal arts model of education.  The symposium spent a fair amount of time discussing what it means to be a liberal arts institution and how we differ from institutions that are research intensive.   Expressions such as “create critical thinkers”, and “prepare students for a life of inquiry” were commonly used.  Field Hockey and other team sports force student-athletes to make on-the-fly decisions all of the time.  In field hockey, I have only one timeout to use over the entire length of a game, regulation and overtime.  That means that the athletes have to continually fix and change their game on their own.  They have to adjust to other teams, playing surfaces, officials, and their own teammates in high pressure situations.  I would argue that team sports lends to their education and more specifically to their ability to become excellent critical thinkers.  The average W&L athlete does think too! Don’t be misled into thinking that we play by instinct or guts alone.  I have yet to meet a W&L athlete who doesn’t think about the game in great detail.  I have learned that I must be prepared to tell my team why we are doing a certain drill or why I have changed a line up.  They want to know, not because they doubt me, or want to appear disrespectful but because they need to know.  It is a part of their fabric and typically they use the information well.

Another lesson that I took away from the Teacher-Scholar Symposium was that teachers should be scholars and that they should include their students in their research whenever possible.   How rewarding to hear this from top academics and administrators.  I learn more about field hockey and coaching every year.  As new or different assistants come in, as I attend conferences or read books, as I dabble in lessons on leadership, or when I listen to my athletes, I learn about the game.  I change something about our game or our tactics every year.  I feel that we are constantly learning as a group and that we remain open to change.  We tweak the defense, change our corners, focus on a different section of the game, or involve the captains in a slightly different way.  I would hope that if you asked any of the W&L field hockey players if their coach liked to learn and was open to learning they would immediately answer in the affirmative.  Just as I previously stated, I try to involve the athletes in the decision making process so that we all remain open to change and new ideas or strategies.

I left the conference confident that athletics is a living laboratory, promoting lifelong scholarship and that student-athletes gain invaluable education that enhances their liberal arts education.

Let’s go Generals-Beat the Burg!!

Day #1

September 22, 2009

By: Joel Shinofield
Head Men’s Swimming Coach

We have finished another exciting weekend of Generals’ Athletics with nearly every team in action again this past weekend.  Kudos to Women’s Soccer for their 4-1 victory over rival Virginia Wesleyan.

Watching all of the teams in action over the past few weeks has both been inspiring and exciting, but also has made me profoundly jealous.  I am extremely excited to get started with our own season and that moment finally came almost six months to the day after our season ended at NCAAs in Minnesota last March.  It was great to see everyone walk into the locker room fresh and ready for the season, normal hectic moments with paperwork and equipment, but thanks to super assistant coach Mike Ginder we moved through the whole process very smoothly.   After 25 minutes of medicine ball work  along with other fun on dry land we moved the water.  It is always a mixed bag the first day, with some guys in fantastic shape, while others are coming off demanding internships that didn’t permit as much time in the pool or weight room as they needed to keep that Adonis ab structure.  So while the physical condition of each athlete varied, the desire to be in the pool and work hard was shared by all.  Given the size and depth of our team, if we can keep that shared desire going every day, we should have a great season.

The other shared experience was that while they all looked fresh when they arrived for practice, for the most part they all looked hungry and fatigued as they left the locker room.  However, even the fatigue and hunger couldn’t wipe the smiles off the faces of the team as they laughed and joked in the locker room.  While swimming is seen as an individual sport, for our swimmers there can be no doubt that it is the team experience that drives them to be a part of college athletics.  It is that team aspect and those smiles that have me excited for today, excited for what is to come in the next few weeks and excited to see what we can accomplish on our way to NCAAs in Minnesota in March.

Looking Forward and Back

September 21, 2009

By: Jan Hathorn
Athletic Director

The official start of Fall is tomorrow, which means most of our fall sport teams are about halfway through their seasons — wow!  It seems as if we just started!  Today marks the start of the men’s and women’s swimming season, and it’s only the third week of the school year. Before we know it, wrestling, indoor track, and basketball seasons will be starting, too. I guess whoever said it was right: time flies when you’re having fun.

For two of our teams, it was a big weekend against one of our toughest league opponents, Virginia Wesleyan.  Both women’s soccer and volleyball played Va Wes (pronounced Vah Wez) this weekend, and things went well for the Generals this time.  Volleyball won in three straight games and the soccer team won in impressive style, 4-1.  They were exciting wins over impressive competition.

One thing that stood out in both of these contests was the level of poise exhibited by the players on both of these W&L teams.  Both teams were well prepared and ready to play. In particular, the women’s soccer team took control of their game early, and they never relinquished it; clearly a result of their discipline, composure and level of preparation.  If you glance at the stats, it would appear that Ainsley Daigle is a one-woman wrecking ball but it was evident from watching the game that this was a team effort, from start to finish, from the first player to the last.  Coach Cunningham and Coach Nickols did a fabulous job of creating a game plan to win, and the team executed it, even when it appeared that Va Wes might launch a comeback in the second half. Overall it was a great game, and what made it great was not just the final score, but the way in which our team played as a team, executed as a team, and won as a team. One couldn’t help walk away from that game – and the volleyball match as well – and say, “That was fun!” You know, whoever “they” are, they’re right: time does fly when you’re having fun!

Facilities and Such

September 17, 2009

By: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director

Well, it seems as though so much has happened since my last blog entry way back on September 4.  It’s hard to believe that it’s already September 17 and we’re a couple of weeks into the new year, but it is typical.  The fall is packed with so many games in such a short period of time that it always seems to fly right by and the next thing you know it’s ODAC Tournament time and then Thanksgiving arrives.

I hope that you have been enjoying reading the blog entries from a number of different personalities within the department.  My goal is to give everyone a look around the department to give you a better understanding of what it is like on the inside.  We are all sort of doing our own things, but in the end it is for one common goal.

I was doing some thinking this morning about what I wanted to say this week and my thoughts drifted to a harmless comment that was made just before the women’s soccer game yesterday against Sweet Briar.

Watt Field

Watt Field

We haven’t announced it yet, but we have a new men’s basketball assistant coach named Caleb Kimbrough and he was assisting us at the scorer’s table for yesterday’s game.  Caleb played point guard at Guilford and is familiar with W&L in that he played the Generals twice a year.  He’s still getting settled in at the school and in the community.  Anyway, as we were walking on the soccer field Caleb looked at me and stated “I can’t believe how nice this field is – in fact how nice all the facilities are here.”  I gave him the usual response of “yep, were pretty lucky” but that is just a pre-programmed response that I tend to give most anybody who comments on the facilities because those comments are pretty common.  After I said it though, I could see in Caleb’s eyes how excited he was by the level of dedication the University has made towards the facilities and it reminded me of how truly lucky we are to have all that we do.

In truth, the soccer field is in amazing condition and the resources in the press box are pretty incredible.  I’ve been to a lot of schools who are lucky to have a plywood platform in the stands for a press box and we not only have enclosed boxes, but they are all equipped with state of the art sound/PA systems, new scoreboards and most recently, they have all been fitted with network connections and even wireless internet capabilities that allow us to do live stats and stream live video of games.

As I think about all that we have and especially all that has been provided to sports information, I want to say a thank you to the administration for building these awesome athletics facilities and also to the alumni and parents who have kindly donated the funds to make these facilities possible.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Additionally, I’d like to give a shout out to our tremendous facilities staff that not only maintain the facilities, but help with the set up and take down following every athletic contest played in these stadiums.  I know I don’t thank them enough for all they do and I hope that our coaches and athletes will also take a moment from their day to thank these people for everything they do.

The facilities staff includes Tommy Bane, Debbie Brown, Sheila Campbell, Andrew Davis, Francis Haston, John Hinkle, Jonathan Irish, Eddie Irvine, Mike Mayo, Tommy Mays, Dan Roland, Charlie Updike and Tom Wagner.  Thanks to all of them for their tireless efforts to make the events run smoothly (even Baner, Francis & Mike despite the Dallas Cowboys being their favorite team).

In closing, just wanted to congratulate the newest members of the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame on their inductions last weekend.  They are true representatives of what it means to be a Washington and Lee student-athlete.

Getting Started

September 16, 2009

Kris Hoey

Kris Hoey

By: Kris Hoey
Women’s Cross Country Coach

Where do I start….I think most of the fall sport coaches will agree that the last two weeks have flown by with the start of preseason to our first competition this past weekend.  We get to do a lot of things we don’t have time for in the regular season so it is a really busy time but a very fun time too!

We started preseason with a trip to Skylark (the university owned Christmas tree farm/meeting center on the Blue Ridge Parkway).  We do fun team stuff like make tye dye t- shirts, locker room decorations, and this year we made running journals for our cross town friends, the women’s cross country team at VMI.  I really like to take the team up there to Skylark because it is very beautiful and peaceful (you kinda feel like you are at the top of the world), it is about 10 degrees cooler than it is down here in Lexington, but mostly because there never seems to be another complaint about the hills back here in Lex after doing a couple of runs up on the parkway.

We had a fun session with Burr Datz, (he is the Director of Leadership Development here at Washington and Lee). We were able to do a lot of team building activities with the final challenge called the Pamper Pole.  Essentially it is a wooden pole that goes about 30 feet in the air and you climb to the top, stand on the 1’x1’ square piece of wood and attempt to swat a yellow ball hanging from the ceiling …oh and you are doing all this while the rest of the team tries to keep the pole steady by pulling the attached ropes in  4 different directions.  I have my ideas as to why it is called the “Pamper Pole”!?

Every year we do some type of community service during preseason.  This year I decided we would volunteer at the Charlottesville four-miler.  It is a women’s only race benefiting the UVA’s Cancer Center Breast Care Program.  One of the reasons we decided to volunteer at the race is to honor two of our “Moms” on the team.  These two very strong women are going through treatments for the disease right now.  The promise of Starbucks helped the team roll of out bed in time to meet the van at 5:25am.  We were at the water stop at 1.9 miles. There were over 3000 people in the race, so we gave out a lot of water!  What a great experience…..we were thanked so many times for being there by the runners and we felt really great about it!  Giving back to the community is one of the things our teams here at Washington and Lee do very well.  From Friends of Jaclyn, the care boxes for the troops, to Campus Kitchen’s,  the Generals athletic teams contribute to the community in ways that bring hope to those in need and joy to everyone involved.

The first athletic weekend for most fall sports was this past weekend.  The 2009 Generals Cross Country Invitational was just one of the athletics events in a weekend of many.  With volleyball, field hockey and football at home as well, the athletics arena was buzzing.  It was great to see so many of our fans out and about.  Thank you to each and every one of you for all your support!

What a fun start to the year! I can’t wait to see what the coming weeks will bring for the Generals.

Why I Love PE….

September 16, 2009

Neil Cunningham

Neil Cunningham

By: Neil Cunningham
Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Assistant Athletic Director
Director of Physical Education

As the Director of Physical Education (PE)  I think it is fair to say that I honestly love teaching PE and so do my colleagues. It gives us all an opportunity to engage students other than our athletes.  The experience is always rewarding.   To me, there is nothing more complimentary than a student who finishes the class and continues to play the sport in their own time.

I know as students you discuss across campus which professors to take. Who is the best Politics professor? Who grades easier? Who has the best teaching style? So I thought I would give you some valuable insight into the top 10 PE classes you absolutely must try to take either for credit or audit before you graduate this great school.

1. Badminton:  Where else could you have the Head Football coach teach you how to play Badminton? Do you think Charlie Weiss at Notre Dame was teaching Badminton this morning? I know what you are thinking….maybe he should. Take Badminton with Coach Miriello but be warned he is extremely competitive and does not like to lose, not even in class. If you win you will be writing 20 page papers the rest of the semester so have a heart, let the guy win. We are spoiled for choice here because if that class does not work with your schedule you can take Coach Stickley’s class and be “hollered” at in an enthusiastic manner. Not what you want after a long night but you will be entertained and be a lot more alert after class. You will love Coach Stick’s  teaching style.

2. Mountain Biking: Take advantage of Coach Piranian’s knowledge of Rockbridge County with this unbelievable opportunity to see amazing trails while getting fit at the same time. Coach Piranian is an alum who has been teaching here for 34 years. Get your first “Road Rash” when you bite it coming down Telegraph Hill cry your first tears when you cannot pedal anymore while your instructor is still going strong.. A class not to be missed.

3. Tennis: Take your pick here. The modern laid back approach of Coach Detwiler where you will learn all the basic fundamentals of Tennis in a light hearted way. Coach Detwiler will  also teach you how to hit a tennis ball at someone on the footbridge. In stark contrast you can be taught by General Franke who firmly believes that fitness is very important. It’s not uncommon for class to begin with 500 push ups and a few laps. However, I think he did win a national championship, so maybe it works.

4. Aerobic Running: I know what you are thinking here: Are you mad! I must admit that just the title of this class can make some people pull a muscle. However “Running with the Hoeys” will breathe new life into that out of shape young body. If you can get on a training program and enjoy running now it will be so much easier than starting from scratch after your first 6 months in that cubicle that awaits you after graduation. Lexington has so many great trails.   What are you waiting for? Lace up the sneakers and take a running class with the Hoey’s. You know the Hoey’s are serious as they have a daughter named Chase!.

5. Weight Training: Learn how to use a gym properly. Washington and Lee has an amazing fitness center so why not take advantage early in your college life and be a regular user. What better way to keep up that New Year’s resolution than to take Coach Colliton’s or Coach McCabe’s class. Not only will they teach you the basic lifts and help you develop a work out program but they will also make sure you leave class with abs of steel. They have the best core workouts.  Who needs 6 or 8 minute abs when you can do it for 50 minutes in class?. No excuses, its class, where else do you have to be?

6. Squash: Coach Tucker can teach Squash …period. Not only will you learn the skills and techniques of the game and how to play but you will also be taught the science behind each shot. You will leave class with the best understanding of the skills, history of the game, and all the knowledge you can absorb. I guarantee you will continue to play long after class is completed. Coach Tucker will give you a passion for the sport. You should know that you have no chance of beating him in class….he is too good.

7. Volleyball: (Outdoor) When this class is offered outdoors it fills up fast. Students have images of Beach Volleyball and playing in Board shorts and bikinis. Even when its pointed out that they play on grass and have to keep their shirts on the class remains full. This is largely due to the excellent instruction of Coach Snyder who creates the perfect environment for students to learn about the game and enjoy playing. A popular class, so sign up early.

8. Any class offered by James Dick: Scuba, Fly Fishing, Rock Climbing, Kayaking. Take one or take them all. These classes are outstanding and “James Dick is one cool guy” (quote from more than 2 students, so it must be fact) A unique opportunity to once again sample all the natural beauty of Lexington and Rockbridge County and receive PE credit to boot.

9. Fundamental Swimming: Each year Washington and Lee first year students complete the swim test.  I want to thank the administration for continuing this practice when some schools seem to think it is a waste of time. Last year, Washington and Lee enrolled 20 students who could not swim. Our swimming staff do an amazing job of teaching these students not only how to swim but to conquer their fear of the water. It’s truly amazing to see someone go through this class and see the smile on their face when they complete the test and the class.

10. Golf: If you don’t play  Golf, what are you waiting for? You will have plenty of opportunities to play later in life.  If you future boss asks you to play – it won’t be cool to refuse.  Get some lessons now! Coach Smith is the man to help you develop that sweet swing.  It is no longer cool after graduation to just dominate the 19th hole.