Coming off back-to-back losses, we were really hoping to respond and get back on track. Our (2-3) record to start the season is a good example of the parity that exists in the NLL. If you look across the league, you will notice other teams with early swings of wins and losses. Because we only play sixteen games, every game takes on so much meaning.
It was discouraging not just to lose to Rochester, but to lose in the nature we did. From start to finish, we were outplayed. It now becomes a balance between moving forward, but not forgetting or accepting the mistakes made. It is important not to shy away from adversity. You need to meet it head on, embrace obstacles, and view them as opportunities to learn and grow. You have to hope that a tough loss like the one we experienced to Rochester will evoke some change and lead to us being better in the long term.
As a coach at The Hill Academy, I’m able to see both ends of the spectrum. Since I started my coaching career back in 2005, it has changed my perspective as a player. You view the game in a different light. As a player, you become much more aware of your preparation, body language and how you respond to direction — you think about the things you value in the players that you coach and try to “practice what you preach.”
As a coach, you cannot ask something of a player that you are not willing to do yourself. It is a big advantage to be in this position. I’m constantly learning new things from teammates, coaches, opponents, and competition that I can apply to coaching. I also learn a great deal from the players that I coach, which drives and motivates me to be a better player.