Recruiting Insight from Carl Haas of DePauw University

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DIII lacrosse is a great fit for a lot of players looking to create a college experience not defined by lacrosse. We spoke with Carl Haas Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach at DePauw University about different opportunities such as study abroad programs or joining a fraternity that programs at the DIII can offer. Such opportunities are sometimes unavailable to student-athletes at DI programs because of their team commitments.

Carl Haas joined the DePauw staff in 2012 as the University’s first head varsity men’s lacrosse coach after a successful stint at Saint Vincent College (Pa.).

Haas has served as the head coach at Division III Saint Vincent the last two seasons after one year as an assistant. He led the Bearcats to a 14-12 record in two seasons including a 9-5 mark in 2011, which was the program’s first winning season since 2005. Each of his two teams finished in the top 10 in the nation in scoring.

Prior to coming to Saint Vincent, Haas was an assistant at Division III Roanoke College from 2003-08. During that time the Maroons compiled a 63-22 record including two conference championships, three NCAA postseason appearances and two trips to the Division III semifinals.

What advice do you have for players interested in playing DIII lacrosse?

My advice to players interested in playing DIII lacrosse is to do your research. At the Division III level we are unable to offer athletic scholarships so be informed about each school you’re considering. Factors such as: Private/Public, location, size, majors offered are all things to take into account before making your decision.

What’s the best way to get on your recruiting radar? Any things recruits shouldn’t do?

There are a few things I look for when recruits reach out to me. First off I like seeing personalize emails. Don’t send emails with 4-5 coaches copied on, this shows me that you haven’t taken the time to look into our school. Also, emails with academic information make all the difference. Send your GPA and any test scores you may have.

Something recruits shouldn’t do is send in highlights from an entire game. Send short clips of the plays you made as well as the times you got beat. This helps evaluate the recruit as a whole rather then on their best plays.

What are a few indicators that help you determine whether a good high school player will become a great college player?

There isn’t a perfect science to finding a great lacrosse player but there are a couple of things I look for when determining if a good high school player will become a great college player. First off a high lacrosse IQ will always help a player pick up the college game much quicker. Mental makeup, how do they handle themselves on the field? Are their parents in the stands, do they have a great support system? As well as having quick hands, these factors are the raw abilities we look for.

What’s special about being a student-athlete at DePauw University?

Student-athletes at DePauw University have the ability to do a lot of different things. Joining a frat and studying abroad are some of the things that DePauw University can offer that some schools may not be able to.

We want student-athletes at DePauw University to work hard academically, receive their degree and take advantage of our Universities alumni network.

How has the accelerated recruiting process impacted your approach to recruiting? 

The accelerated recruiting process has greatly impacted our approach to recruiting. Automatically were playing catch-up to Division I schools so it has forced us to change our recruiting model. Now when we recruit we have to recruit two maybe three classes at once. However, it does help schools like DePauw University find athletes that don’t have that college look early in high school but develop into great players later in their careers.

ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by DePauw University or Carl Haas.

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