Josh is a first-year graduate assistant for the men’s lacrosse program at Ottberbein University.
Josh was a four-year letterman at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.V. He served as a faceoff specialist and defensive middie in college, compiling a .683 faceoff percentage and snagging 368 ground balls over his four seasons. In addition, he tallied nine goals and dished out 15 assists.
A 2009 graduate of nearby Hilliard Davidson High School, Josh earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Wheeling and will be working towards his master’s of business while at Otterbein. He hopes to ultimately enter into coaching at the college level or begin a career in the marketing field.
If you were a recruit right now how would you approach the DIII recruiting scene?
I would be open and willing to take as many visits as possible. It’s important to experience a lot of different college environments. There are no athletic scholarships involved in DIII and no fixed timeline for making a decision. So, I would take my time and explore every option. I would not feel rushed.
When looking at a lacrosse program it’s also important to understand the head coach. Is he a player’s coach or a performance coach? A player’s coach focuses on the all-around experience of his players. He looks to help or get involved in the classroom while making sure players excel on the field. A performance coach focuses mostly on the athletic development of his players. It depends what experience a student-athlete is looking for. It’s super important to understand the makeup of a lacrosse team as well.
What’s the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?
Go to as many lacrosse events and recruiting functions as possible. Be sure to meet your target coaches and ask them questions.
Each school probably has a recruiting questionnaire on their website. Fill this out. It puts you directly into the recruit database. Then the coaching staff can start evaluating you.
What’s a question you wished recruits asked you more during the recruiting process?
Well, we generally ask recruits what they want to accomplish in five years and where they want to be. Most of the prospective recruits are seniors, so we choose five years because they’ll be seniors in college by that time. This helps us understand what a recruit wants to accomplish in their time at college.
Recruits should also ask the coaching staff where they will be in five years. This helps the recruits understand a particular coach’s commitment level. Head Coach Colin Hartnett was a DIII player, for instance. He coaches a DIII program now. He is a fixture in our program and will continue to be for a while.
For some young coaches, their current job may be a stepping stone to a top assistant role or even a head coaching job somewhere else. There’s nothing wrong with that, but as a recruit it’s important to know.
What indications help you determine if a good high school player will be a great college player?
First we watch the recruit’s highlight tape to see how skilled they are.
Then, in our initial meeting with the recruit we look for the intangibles. These attributes are evident in conversation. We can get a sense for a young player’s character and his interest in the program, for example.
What’s special about being a student-athlete at Otterbein?
Our location is great. We’re 10 minutes from downtown Columbus. This means players can get great internships when they’re not playing lacrosse. We also have top-notch facilities including a brand new astro turf field and a new state-of-the-art weight room.
The coaching staff is really special here. Each coach has a second responsibility. For example, Coach Hartnett helps market all the fall sporting events whether it’s through word-of-mouth or posting bulletins around campus. Our players also have interactions with other varsity coaches as well. The head volleyball coach advises our Student Athlete Advisory Council. The soccer coaches let our guys shag balls during the fall. It’s awesome how our players get to interact with coaches from other teams.
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