Coach Nelson, Coach Syverson, and Coach Tumbas have hit the summer camp circuit looking for future Hoosiers.
Coach Nelson has signed on as a full time Trilogy counselor. He’ll be working instructional camps in Kentucky, Pittsburgh, California, New York and Connecticut. The coaches have been tracking two players they’ve found at Trilogy camps, one from Kentucky and one from Tennessee. In August, Coach Nelson will be working Trilogy’s invite only camps for 7-10th grade athletes.
Coach Syverson will be coaching with the Heat Lacrosse program, a Michigan based club team. The Heat are competing at the prestigios Summer Sizzle tournament in Baltimore, Maryland. Not only will that event be a great test for Coach Syverson’s squad but it will allow him to evaluate talent from all over the country.
Coach Tumbas begins his east coast tour next week with stops at Summer Slam, King of the Hill, and Top 205 before heading north for Lars Tiffany 300, Blue Chip, and Tri State. He’ll finish up at the Adrenaline Shootout in California before returning east for the Battle of the Hotbeds at Delaware and UNC’s team camp.
Coach DeMars, who graduated this spring from IU with his MBA, attended two events in Michigan for us as well.
Recruiting has become so important IU for several reasons beyond just bringing in talented lacrosse players. Lacrosse at IU is very much a club sport. We need incoming players to be aware of late night practice times, cost to play, and other expectations so the players and their families are committed to the program prior to arriving to campus.
Prior to aggressive recruiting, the team was formed simply by the student athletes who showed up to campus and wanted to be a part of the team. Now, the current coaching staff has a greater control of who joins the program. Consider the talent of the 2012-2013 incoming class, arguably the best incoming class in IU’s history. A majority of those student athletes don’t come to IU if the coaches aren’t in contact with them during their college selection process.
As excited as we are for the 2013 season, the coaching staff understands the importance of having a productive summer to ensure another great class is on campus for 2013-2014.