Coaching DelVal’s first men’s lacrosse team
Posted on February 25, 2015 by Gary Mercadante, DelVal Head Men's Lacrosse Coach.
The opportunity to be the first head men’s lacrosse coach at DelVal was immediately appealing to me because I was given the opportunity to build a program from scratch. The most important elements in year one are establishing our standards, developing a family, and a creating a winning culture on and off the field. This foundation is what will lead to our success in the long term and define us for the next five, 10, or, 20 years.
Our staff is working hard to create a culture that encourages our student athletes to learn, and develop on and off the field through competition, service and leadership. I hold our players to a high standard and expect them to behave in a mature, respectful manner as representatives of our program and DelVal. On the field, we are focusing a lot of our time on the speed of practice to prepare our players for the speed of collegiate lacrosse games. Our staff is realistic, and we know early on when we are competing against more experienced teams. Therefore, our focus is on the things we can control right now, such as outworking and outfighting our opponents. Our team goal from day one has been to win the MAC Freedom Championship and that will not change.
One of the cornerstones of our program is service, which I believe to be a key element in developing a championship culture. This element of our program has already helped us evolve as a team. It is an excellent way to utilize the unity and collective abilities of our program to help others. I strongly believe our work in community service will not only help others, but also provide us with the experiences outside of the field that will help us achieve our long-term goals.
I am eager to see what the future holds for our program and look forward to establishing our team as a contender in the MAC Freedom Championship.
I would like to thank our president, Dr. Brosnan, and our athletic director, Steve Cantrell, for all of their support. None of this would be possible without their vision for the athletic department and university. I have also been very fortunate to hire two outstanding assistant coaches whose dedication to DelVal and our team has been an essential part of our development.
DelVal Men’s Lacrosse kicks off the 2015 season at home on
March 4 at 7 p.m. vs. Immaculata.