Oct. 17, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's lacrosse program hosted its first free coaches clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Schneider Arena, the new home of the Friar lacrosse program. The event ran from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and focused on the fundamentals of lacrosse. Drills and concepts were presented to coaches working with players ranging from newcomers to those competing at the collegiate level.
The Providence College coaching staff was excited that 30 coaches from the area came out for the clinic. "We were so pleased with the turnout for our staff's first Coaches Clinic here at Providence College!" said Head Coach Chris Gabrielli. "About 30 local Coaches skipped the Red Sox game, and spent 3 hours with me and my staff sharing ideas about the game that we love!"
The clinic was held in the Friars' brand new, state of the art, video room. Head Coach Chris Gabrielli, along with assistant coaches Brett Holm and John Galloway, and guest speaker Sean Morris presented on various components of the game.
Coach Gabrielli opened the evening with a few words about the program and its new state of the art facilities. Gabrielli dedicated his time to working with the coaches on the importance of developing target practice plans. He took attendees through his practice plan and demonstrated how each of the drills fit in to the target area that he and his staff were looking to improve upon.
Morris spoke second, focusing on the art of shooting. His topic centered around the concept, "aim small, miss small." Morris discussed the importance of developing an eye for shooting. He explained the importance of getting in reps and understanding the way in which a player's stick works from day to day.
Coach Holm discussed the topic of running a two man offense. Holm spoke on enabling team offense that requires immense communication and precision.
Coach Galloway closed the clinic with a discussion on goalie training and team defense. Galloway expressed the importance of dedicating time to goalie specific drills to build confidence and to condition goalies to build muscle memory.
Gabrielli and his staff reinforced the cooperative learning and coaching relationships that have allowed for their success in coaching and teaching positions. "I want to thank all of those that shared their time with Sean Morris, Brett Holm, John Galloway and myself talking about the teaching techniques, terms and concepts that we have learned over the years."
Gabrielli and his staff have a passion for the game of lacrosse and look at clinics as opportunities to teach local coaches skills that their teams can benefit come in their upcoming seasons. "Speaking at Coaches Clinics helps my Staff and I grow as teachers, and we certainly hope that our guests are able to bring a few teaching points back home to their respective Program in preparation for the Spring," Gabrielli shared.
Upon the conclusion of the clinic, the Friar coaching staff gave tours of their new facilities. Attendees were able to check out the locker room, coaches offices, weight room and training room.
With the success of the first clinic, Head Coach Gabrielli is eager to plan for more similar events in the future. "After such great turnout, we will definitely host another event soon. My hope is that we completely fill our new 50 seat video room next time!"