Advice From Coach Colleen

Dodgers is thrilled to welcome Colleen Olson to our coaching staff. Here are 3 Things Colleen encourages athletes to keep top of mind:

1) What you put into your passion is what you will get out of it. If you are passionate about lacrosse and want to be the best player you can be, you've got to be fired up to put in the work it will take off the field to get there, whether that's on the wall with stickwork, doing extra footwork drills on the ladder, or running some extra 100's after practice.

2) Be present. Soak in every moment you have with your teammates and coaches. Playing on a team like Dodgers is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, when you get to work really, really hard at something with people you care about, while playing a game you all love.

3) Always think about what you are giving to your teammates. Some days, your shots may not be falling. You might be injured and on the sidelines. But there is always a way to give 100% of your energy to your team, whether it's cheering and celebrating their successes, directing younger players with confidence, making the pass that sets up a goal, or fighting to get a ground ball back after you've made a mistake and turned it over.

Parent Perspective: 5 Things on Recruiting I Wish We Knew Early

By Scott Burnett, parent of Briana Burnett who recently signed with Army

1. I wish we had known how vitally important grades were starting freshman year of high school. It's so much easier to start at a high GPA and maintain it versus letting it slip and trying to bring it back up. Encourage your kid(s) to stay on top of classes, homework and other assignments.

2. Since recruiting is happening earlier and earlier now, I wish we knew how helpful and insightful early ACT and SAT scores were throughout the recruiting process. It's never too early to start taking the tests (even just for practice or experience). Good scores can truly impact recruiting efforts because they are tangible numbers coaches can assess to determine if you are worth of their additional time. Have strong scores by your rising junior summer; the most important recruiting summer.

3. I wish we had known about the Dodgers program sooner.  It changed our daughter's life, and she ended up committing to play lacrosse at her first college choice.

4. Trusting Dee and the Dodgers staff is something I wish did earlier. It won't take long to see and understand that Dee's focus is to place your kid at the right school, not just anywhere. I remember our first summer tournament with Dodgers when Dee mentioned a couple of schools that expressed interest in our daughter. She immediately started to guide us by offering perspective on some of the schools, understanding what kind of fit our daughter would have with various teams/programs/coaches. It was like Dee gave us 100% great news before taking back 75% of it. We now realize she truly had our daughter's best interest at heart, which has been worth so much more than the initial great news she gave us.

5. Most importantly, I wish I knew how fast this recruiting thing can happen and wished I had opened my eyes and heart a little more along the journey. We were so consumed with showing well and trying to make lasting lacrosse impressions, I sometimes forgot this is a game my daughter loves and it was her choice to try to pursue it in college.  Looking back, we visited some of the most beautiful parts of the Northeast that we had never seen before and met some of the nicest people, especially those of the extended Dodgers family. I'll always be thankful for the process with Dee and my daughter.  

College recruiting happens once in your daughter's life.  Make it memorable! 

ONE COACH’S CHALLENGE

It all happened so quickly. And just like that, Dodgers Coach Sydney Satchell was an amputee. But what makes Satchell different from most that face the physical, mental, and emotional challenges that come with this type of diagnosis, is the positivity she displayed in the face of adversity. Despite five surgeries before her leg was even amputated, and the extensive rehabilitation process afterwards, Satchell maintained her fighting spirit.