It's March and in the lacrosse world that signals the start of the high school season. Without a team to coach this spring, we are getting a jump-start on the summer recruiting circuit and hitting the road in the search of the next future Wolverine for the Michigan women's lacrosse program!
The opportunity to get out and see high school games is not only a great chance to begin to scout players from all over the country, but it's also a great way to initiate connections between our coaching staff and high school coaches while continuing to spread the enthusiasm and excitement surrounding our inaugural women's lacrosse program at Michigan.
First stop on my recruiting calendar was California. The sport of lacrosse has grown tremendously over the past several years in California and it is continuing to develop at a pretty rapid pace. It was great to see and experience the excitement surrounding the sport in the state first-hand, and despite the "stormy" weather they experienced while I was out there, I was able to catch some great lacrosse. (Who would have thought that I would encounter below 60 degree temperatures, rain and wind in California while Ann Arbor was sunny, warm and in the mid-70s in March?!) While it was cold and at times quite wet, my experience in California was a good one.
Only three days to rest up in Ann Arbor until my next trip to Texas. Much like California, Texas has seen tremendous recent growth in the sport of lacrosse, and there are some fantastic players coming out of that state. I am looking forward to getting out there and watching some very talented high school lacrosse ... and hopefully doing so in warmer and drier weather conditions than I experienced in California!