Q&A with Bill Dirrigl

Q and A with ...

February 25, 2005|By Baltimoresun.com Staff

Read our transcript with the Loyola men's lacrosse coach

Bill Dirrigl is in his fourth season as head coach at Loyola. The Greyhounds finished 4-8 last year.

Baltimoresun.com: How does the team look heading into this weekend's opener against Towson?

Bill Dirrigl: We're excited. Any time you can play someone as close as Towson, it makes for a great rivalry. We've been fortunate two out of the last three years to get wins. I'm hoping our seniors leave on a good note against Towson.

We're pretty much the same team. We lost only two seniors - one of them was our attackman, Stephen Brundage. We return about 95 percent of the team.

We put a lot of young kids on the field at one time last season - nine freshmen played at the offensive end. We had very good talent and very good players, and we have to make sure we build from that.

Conor, Martinsville, N.J.: Will Loyola-Rutgers become a fierce rivalry in the ECAC?

Bill Dirrigl: We have a lot of rivalries now. In the last 10 years at Loyola, not only is the Towson and Johns Hopkins game big, but the Syracuse game is just as big. The last 10 years we've played Duke and Georgetown. Now adding UMass, Rutgers and Penn State to that mix is going to make it so much more competitive.

David, Katy, Texas: What do you think of the lacrosse talent coming from the greater Houston area?

Bill Dirrigl: We haven't recruited as much in Houston as some people. Our recruiting class next year has recruits from eight different states, including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan and Ohio. I know the talent level in every area is changing and as long as there are athletes there, there are going to be good players.

Ron, Windsor, Ontario: What does a high school student-athlete need to do to get a college coach to notice him?

Bill Dirrigl: There are so many camps out there. Recruiting has become a full-time job, 12 months a year. At Loyola over the past couple of years, our goal wasn't to find the best kids from the main schools. Our goal was to find the best kids in the country, wherever they are from.

Sending letters helps, sending tapes helps. If you're good enough, believe me, the coaches will find you.

Brian, Chesterfield, Va.: I am coaching a rec league lacrosse team of high-school aged boys. I have been out of the game for 20 years. Can anyone give me some suggestions about how to structure our practices so that they are as productive as possible? To date, the former coach simply let the boys scrimmage all of the time, consequently they really never were able to improve on their own skills as much as they would have liked.

Bill Dirrigl: The biggest thing is to make it fun and make the kids want to be there. If kids are getting better in drills and getting better at their skills within the drills, that's when kids will accept anything - as long as they know they are getting better. Kids aren't dummies. Just to do a drill isn't going to help. Just scrimmaging isn't going to help. But to do a drill to make someone better is going to go a long way.

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