Recruiting Interview: Nick Taylor of Cabrini College

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Lacrosse can open doors to great colleges and universities but what are your plans for once your collegiate career is over? Nick Taylor, assistant coach at Cabrini College wants recruits to have this question being asked whenever visiting or speaking with college coaches. As much as it is about lacrosse and winning games it is important to realize that this is a lifelong process.

Nick Taylor enters his third year as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach in 2014-15.

Taylor came to Cabrini after a four-year stint as an assistant coach at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  The Cardinals amassed 40 wins during Taylor’s four years on the sideline, reaching the program’s first ever Landmark Conference championship game in 2010.

During his years at Catholic, Taylor coached 10 All-Landmark Conference student-athletes, including Chris Fuccillo, the 2010 Landmark Conference Player of the Year and a 2012 USILA Honorable Mention All-American, and 2011 ECAC and conference Rookie of the Year Brendan Englert

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

My advice for players interested in playing DIII lacrosse would be to focus on the school that offers the best fit. Whether it is academically, socially, or on the lacrosse field, do the research and find out what you really want from a DIII program. Do what’s best for yourself and don’t worry about outside factors such as where your friends are committing and where people want you to go.

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

The best way to get on our recruiting radar would be to send an email. Show interest in the school, attach your academic scores and grades, and include a highlight tape of not only plays that you’ve made but also how you’ve reacted without the ball.

What’s a question you wished recruits asked you more during the recruiting process?

The one question I wished recruits asked more during the recruiting process is what are the job opportunities like after I graduate? As much as it is about lacrosse and winning games it is important to realize that this is a lifelong process. We like to see recruits asking questions about life after college, how can they prepare themselves to be job ready when the time comes to look for jobs?

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

Players who have great stick skills are really adept at adapting to the college game quickly. We ask ourselves these questions about each recruit: can this guy handle the ball, carry with pressure up and down the field, shoot with both hands? How is his work ethic? Is this recruit willing to work hard and do the dirty work to continue improving? It’s not only about how many goals you score but instead the total package.

What’s special about being a student-athlete at Cabrini College?

Special to being a student-athlete at Cabrini College is the knowledge that you’ll be competing for a national championship every year. In college lacrosse’s competitive landscape student-athletes at Cabrini will play against the best teams at our level and you will play into April, early May, competing in the NCAA tournament.

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

The accelerated recruiting process has helped Cabrini College in a number of facets. First off it allows for DIII programs like ours to get DI talent because there are guys still around. With a limited number of DI opportunities guys fall through the cracks and wind up becoming great players for us. For some recruits who were under recruited early but come on later in high school DIII is a great opportunity for them to continue their athletic careers.

ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by Cabrini College or Nick Taylor.

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