This is probably a very scary time for you as you get ready to make the transition from high school where everything was familiar and going to the unknown. I remember how scary it was for me. I didn’t want to leave my family and friends where everything was so comfortable. When I arrived at college, it was the total opposite of what I had imagined. Everyone made me feel right at home and it was an enormous relief. Please know that once you are here, you become a part of a huge family and everyone is here for one another. That includes coaches, teammates and faculty. That is a great place that you will love to call your home away from home.

This is a very exciting time for this program and we are so happy about having new players come in and help us become a better team. We have made major strides this year and are all planning on working very hard in the off season to keep the momentum going. We know that you will do the same. If we all make this commitment, we as a team, will become what every other team fears. So please come to school extremely proud that you are going to be a part of something very special. With all of us making a huge commitment, both in lacrosse and academics, we CAN DO IT TOGETHER!!

If you need anything at all, from support making your transition, to any questions you may have (even if you think it is stupid – it isn’t, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. I have been there and can help!!) Good luck with the rest of your senior year. I can’t wait until you get here.

Your teammate

Throughout my career motivated individuals have surrounded me. This inspiration at times was tough to feel during the daily grind, and other times the real life energy was obvious. When our paths cross, I am proud to see that the athletes come up to me for a handshake or high five and the stories they remind me about put an instant smile on my face.

This new segment will showcase the letters that many have written, myself or the athletes and coaches that I have worked with; to share their inspiration with those we call “teammates.” As you read through the messages that are shared, please remember that what is inside you can separate you from the rest. Look around and you may be surprised how many others are in need of just a little enthusiasm to push them closer to their goals: professionally, physically, mentally, etc.

I will begin with a letter that I sent to a team that I am still very proud of to this day. No names needed. Just a sincere message that I hope can impact others to pay it forward by giving energy to those around them.

Please leave your feedback in the comments section at the bottom. How are you preparing your team, coaches, administrators, staff, co-workers, sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers to have a positive mindset in both good and challenging times?