What was the prevailing factor that led you to join St. Bonaventure?
It’s probably a couple things. It was a really good fit from a family standpoint. Just vision. We want to win there. We want to win it all. How do we get there? We know it’s going to take a little bit of time. You see it happening. You watch Marquette do it. I competed against Monmouth and watched Coach Fisher do that. Ryan Polley and Boston U and Richmond. You see this evolution of how to build a program right from the start with a clean slate. Then, in three, four or five years, you’re just nationally recognized. You’re getting to the NCAAs.
It's just a blank canvas and now I can utilize 19 years of ups and downs and all those experiences and memories. I learned a lot of it, in the early years, by trial and error. So now I can sit there and say ‘Where can I go with this?’ Understanding the vision. We’re going to be fully funded and looking to really make an impact in the sport of lacrosse at St. Bonaventure. Tomorrow will be my first official day and then the journey begins.
How is recruiting different from a small, private school like St. Bonaventure, as opposed to a new program at a larger school like Utah?
You have to find the right kids. They have to have high academics. The academics at St. Bonaventure are phenomenal. You have to find the kids that don’t mind and are intrigued about a smaller campus as opposed to a bigger campus. You have to find those right fit kids who are looking to live a dream and have goals. Then I reflect and I can sit there and analyze every high school program in the United States, let alone all the connections in Canada that’s not far away. In my mind, I’m doing rough math, but there’s 42,000 juniors looking for homes. I feel like I got to be able to find 24-30 guys my first year.
With the resources that I have, I’m extremely confident that we’re going to be able to get that done. Is that a metric of Western New York and upstate and down the 90 with Rochester and Syracuse, the Albanys, Southern Ontario, Michigan, Pennsylvanoa, Ohio? At the same time, there’s a lot of good lacrosse everywhere. There’s kids that are legit everywhere. Now it’s a function of not leaving any stone unturned and start to utilize all the contacts and connections and start to try to find those right fit student athletes that have those goals. There’s only 72 Division I lacrosse programs and I feel I can get those guys.