Sean Feeley has played lacrosse for over eight years, and has continued to teach the game to dedicated players. Throughout his career, Sean played throughout high school, was recruited to play in college, and then had the opportunity to play for the USAAI in Berlin, Germany. Today, Sean continues to play as often as he can on the Atlanta Inferno men’s club and Augusta Beavers men’s club. See what he has to say about his recruiting experience.
Where did you play college lacrosse and why did you choose that program?
I attended Shorter University in Rome, GA from 2010-2012. I chose the program because of the excitement of being able to be a part of a start up program. After my freshman year of college (in my hometown) I contacted Nathan Young (head coach), whom I had previously been in contact with in high school while he was coaching at Tennessee Wesleyan College. It worked out great that I had already talked to Coach Young because he knew some of my abilities as a player already.
What other colleges did you consider and what was the determining factor in your decision?
During my junior and senior year in high school I had been trying hard to get my name out on the recruiting boards. Some of the colleges I considered for lacrosse were: Tennessee Wesleyan, Wingate, Mars Hill, Kennesaw State (MCLA), Lindenwood, and Florida Southern.
Schools I was accepted to: Georgia Southern, Mars Hill, Kennesaw State, Louisiana State, and Augusta State. After my freshman year of college at Augusta State, I still had the desire to play college lacrosse so I searched college lacrosse programs in Georgia…Shorter University popped up and the rest is history.
Did you have any positive or negative surprises about the program once you were on campus?
One big positive surprise that stuck out was the fact that we were pretty successful our first year (7-3 record). The fact that our team could come together in such a short time and have a winning record the first year was awesome.
How did being a collegiate student-athlete shape your college experience?
By being a student-athlete I was able to travel across the country and play a sport that I love so much. I loved the fact that I could compete against other players with different backgrounds. Also, it was a good experience being able to go out into the community and have younger players look up to me. I was a coach for the first youth lacrosse program in Rome, so it was great to be able to grow the game.
Given your recruiting experience, what advice or tips do you have for current recruits?
Make sure that you look into every aspect of the school before you totally commit. We had guys on my team that committed to the program before seeing the campus (Shorter’s campus is quite small). Tour the campus more than once, talk to the players that are currently on the team (or other student-athletes at the college) to gain their perspective of the campus, make sure you have the sense that you belong at the school and can see yourself succeeding on and off the field.