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Women's Lacrosse Coaches Blog: On the Road Again

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Whew. Where do I start? It's been quite a couple of months on the recruiting trail. My initial plan was to blog about the two trips I embarked on following California before heading out for a two-week visit of the Northeast. However, each time I sat down to update everyone on my recent travels, something came up and it wasn't until today (when I scheduled a good 30 consecutive minutes in my day) that I was able to finally sit down and write about all the exciting things that I've experienced in the last month on the road. I have been waiting patiently for the opportunity to share all the excitement with you!

After California, my recruiting travels took me to Texas, where I was able to watch some of the best teams in the state play while I was there. I enjoyed getting to know some of the high school coaches, and much like I felt in California, I was excited about the tremendous growth of the sport and the level of talent down there! The trip to Texas was extra fun and special for me because while I was there I was able to catch up with one of my best friends from college and her beautiful family who now live in Houston. Of course, she and I couldn't help but reminisce about all the good times we had playing lacrosse together!

Shortly after returning from Texas, I hopped on another plane, this time headed for Florida. While in Florida, I was able to see a number of top teams, many of them ranked nationally, as teams from near and far traveled south in search of some sun and warm temperatures during their spring break. I have to admit that I too enjoyed the 80-degree temperatures and even managed to fit in a quick trip to the beach after one morning of lacrosse! Much like my trips to California and Texas, while in Florida I was not only able to watch some very talented lacrosse players out on the field, but I also had the opportunity to meet with some very talented high school coaches, connect with them about their programs, and talk to them about our growing program here at Michigan! I really enjoy being able to get out there and let people know about all the great things going on with our program!

Most recently my recruiting travels brought me to the Northeast -- specifically, Connecticut, New York & Long Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Being a New Jersey native, I was looking forward to a trip home to visit some of the area's best high schools for lacrosse, as well as visit with family and friends. It was a long time out on the road but very productive! During this trip I was able to watch some of our future Wolverines in action playing with their high school teams. It was great fun and got me even more excited for when our players step foot on campus and out onto the field next fall!

With a good couple of weeks in the office, it's now time to hit the road again! Tomorrow morning I'm off once more to the Pa./N.J. area before heading to Maryland and eventually making my way up to Long Island for the 2012 Final Four and national tournament over Memorial Day weekend. Can't wait to check in after my trip and tell you all about my latest recruiting adventures!

GO BLUE!

Coach Valore

Inside Michigan: Beilein Weekly

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Wolverine Nation, it has been a while and I am excited to update you about what is going on in the Michigan Basketball Program.

Since the winter term concluded, the majority of our student-athletes have traveled home for some much deserved rest and relaxation. Their time away from campus with family and friends is just as important as the time they spend here during the school year.

For the last few weeks, the William Davidson Player Development Center has been shut down because of the ongoing construction at Crisler Center. The construction workers are extending the Crisler concourse to make room for improved concession stands, restrooms, and much more! The expansion happens to extend right over the roof of the William Davidson Center, and it has forced us to leave the premises for a few weeks. We can see the giant cranes working on the Davidson Center and are excited about the changes occurring right before our eyes. Crisler Center is going to be an amazing venue when it is completed!

In the meantime, we have been working out of temporary offices in the Michigan Stadium press box. This temporary work environment has energized our staff. We have enjoyed watching the men's lacrosse team practice in the mornings or afternoons in the Big House. It is amazing the similarities in practices across the different sports. The emphasis on proper passing, proper catching, and proper spacing in lacrosse is amazingly similar to that of basketball.

We have also enjoyed seeing individuals and special tour groups run out of the tunnel and leap to touch imaginary "GO BLUE M Club Supports You" signs in Michigan Stadium.

I want to take this opportunity to once again welcome Kim Barnes-Arico to the Michigan family. We are thrilled that she is the new leader for our women's basketball program. I believe Kim is a tremendous coach, and she brings instant credibility and excitement because of her knowledge, style and experience.

Stay tuned for more updates about Michigan Basketball. I will do my best to continue updating our friends and fans on what is happening with the program throughout the summer.

Go Blue!
-John

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