20 episodes

New England Lacrosse Journal‘s Chasing The Goal, featuring hosts Jack Piatelli and Kyle Devitte along with guests from all levels of the game, provides insight, inspiration and information to players and supporters who are looking to advance their lacrosse careers.

New England Lacrosse Journal‘s Chasing The Goal Seamans Media

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    • 4.3 • 34 Ratings

New England Lacrosse Journal‘s Chasing The Goal, featuring hosts Jack Piatelli and Kyle Devitte along with guests from all levels of the game, provides insight, inspiration and information to players and supporters who are looking to advance their lacrosse careers.

    Simsbury Coach Jim Martocchio

    Simsbury Coach Jim Martocchio

    The guest is Simsbury High School's head coach Jim Martocchio, who shares insights on coaching philosophies, the challenges and rewards of coaching in the town you live in, balancing coaching roles, and the dynamics of preparing teams for playoffs. Additionally, the conversation touches on nurturing player development from youth through high school, the impact of lacrosse on youth, and maintaining passion and fun in the sport despite the pressures of high stakes competition. The coach also delves into the role of community and relationships in building successful programs, highlighting the journey of senior players and discussing the potential next steps in their lacrosse careers. Chasing the Goal podcast from New England Lacrosse Journal is a Seamans Media production. Find more daily lacrosse news at New England Lacrosse Journal: https://www.laxjournal.com/ Topics 01:50 Exploring Connecticut's Lacrosse Divisions and Challenges 06:45 The Unique Bond of Lacrosse: From Plymouth to Simsbury 15:04 Cultivating a Positive Lacrosse Culture in Simsbury 19:30 The Joy of Coaching and Building a Lacrosse Community 21:01 Reflections on Coaching High School Lacrosse 23:21 The Challenges and Rewards of Coaching in Your Hometown 25:29 Evolving Coaching Strategies with Parenthood 08:34 Building a Community Through Coaching 32:03 The Impact of Coaching Philosophy on Team Dynamics 35:32 Navigating the Competitive Landscape of High School Lacrosse 38:40 Fostering Talent and Leadership in Young Athletes 44:15 Closing Thoughts: The Journey of Coaching

    • 44 min
    Choate Coach Ethan McDonnell

    Choate Coach Ethan McDonnell

    The guest is Ethan McDonnell, the head coach of Choate's lacrosse team. He shares insights on building a lacrosse program, balancing academics and athletics, and navigating the college recruitment process for student-athletes. The discussion covers the unique aspects of Choate, including its academic rigor and innovative approach to education, as well as the importance of finding the right fit for athletes at both the prep school and college levels. McDonnell also reflects on his journey from a student-athlete at Choate to becoming the head coach and how his experience informs his coaching and mentoring approach. The episode emphasizes the value of preparation, community, and matching one's athletic aspirations with educational goals. Chasing the Goal podcast from New England Lacrosse Journal is a Seamans Media production. Find more daily lacrosse news at New England Lacrosse Journal: https://www.laxjournal.com/
    Topics
    00:34 Guest Introduction: Ethan McDonnell's Journey
    01:37 Season Recap and Team Dynamics
    05:05 Balancing Postgrads and Developing Young Talent
    09:59 Recruitment Insights for Aspiring Prep School Athletes
    14:08 Coach's Personal Journey and Lacrosse in Montreal
    21:50 Finding the Right Fit: College and Career Choices
    22:25 Life Lessons from the Field: Preparing for Success and Failure
    23:24 The Role of a Coach: Beyond the Game
    24:25 Navigating the College Recruitment Process
    26:03 The Importance of Experience Over Winning
    34:41 Choate's Unique Approach to Education and Athletics
    40:27 The Personal Touch: Coaching at Your Alma Mater
    42:22 Wrapping Up: The Right Fit and Upcoming Challenges

    • 44 min
    Loomis Chaffee Coach Bill Ball

    Loomis Chaffee Coach Bill Ball

    The guest is Loomis Chaffee lacrosse coach Bill Ball, who covers a wide array of topics related to prep school lacrosse. Discussions include the anticipation of the NCAA lacrosse tournament, Cornell's prospects, the importance of early season performances, and coach Ball's experiences and coaching philosophy at Loomis Chaffee. Insights into player development, the impact of mentors, the team's playing style, and managing high-performing athletes' expectations are shared. Additionally, they touch on the importance of multi-sport participation, the changing landscape of recruiting, and the unique benefits and challenges of coaching at a boarding school like Loomis Chaffee. The conversation also delves into the competitive nature of the Founders League, the advantages of a Loomis education, and the complex dynamics of coaching different age groups. Topics
    00:21 The Road to the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament
    00:53 Special Guest: Insights from Loomis Chaffee's Bill Ball
    04:30 Adapting to Early Offense: Loomis's Strategy
    05:34 Facing Challenges and Celebrating Wins
    08:07 Navigating Team Dynamics Without a Key Player
    11:44 Building a Strong Team Culture at Loomis
    15:32 The Unique Loomis Experience: Academics and Athletics
    20:38 Advice for Aspiring Prep School Athletes
    21:59 Looking Ahead: The Founders League Championship
    22:51 The Thrill of Post-Season Play and School Rivalries
    23:55 The Importance of Multi-Sport Participation
    24:30 Building Relationships with Club Teams
    26:08 The Evolution of Lacrosse and Coaching
    31:15 Recruiting and Evaluating Young Talent
    35:57 The Unique Challenges of Coaching at Prep Schools
    37:15 Loomis Chaffee's Distinctive Approach to Education and Athletics
    41:19 The Future of Prep Lacrosse and Closing Thoughts
    Chasing the Goal podcast from New England Lacrosse Journal is a Seamans Media production. Find more daily lacrosse news at New England Lacrosse Journal: https://www.laxjournal.com/

    • 43 min
    Trinity-Pawling Coach Andrew Kirkaldy

    Trinity-Pawling Coach Andrew Kirkaldy

    The guest is Andrew Kirkaldy, the head coach at Trinity-Pawling. Kirkaldy discusses the challenges and responsibilities of coaching at this level, including player development, mentoring, and recruitment. He emphasizes the importance of teaching life skills alongside lacrosse, reflecting on the pressure to compete for student-athletes and how prep schools provide a nurturing environment for young men to grow both on and off the field. The conversation also touches on Kirkaldy's personal journey through lacrosse, from his playing days in Canada and the NLL draft to transitioning into coaching. Additionally, the episode delves into the competitive landscape of the Founders League, strategies for player utilization and development, and the cultural shift towards incorporating box lacrosse techniques into the field game. Kirkaldy also highlights the accomplishments of his players, the majority of whom continue their lacrosse careers in college, underscoring the program's success in preparing them for the next level. The episode concludes with insights into the unique benefits and challenges of the prep school lacrosse scene.
    Topics:
    01:29 The Challenges and Triumphs of Coaching Lacrosse 03:47 Coach Kirkaldy's Unique Journey to Lacrosse Coaching 05:27 The Evolution of a Lacrosse Player: From Box to Field 20:20 The Importance of Control and Instinct in Lacrosse 24:52 Analyzing Defensive Strategies in Lacrosse 25:09 The Importance of Aggression and Confidence 25:29 Reflecting on Past Performances and Adjustments 25:50 The Challenge of Coaching at High Levels 26:56 Success Stories: From High School to College Lacrosse 27:27 The Role of Athleticism and Team Dynamics 28:46 Coaching Philosophy: Developing Players and Roles 32:02 Balancing Instructional and Situational Coaching 33:36 Building Character and Life Skills Through Lacrosse 38:32 Personal Journey: From Player to Coach 40:50 Recruitment and the Founders League Dynamics 43:14 Choosing Trinity Pauling: A Focus on Authentic Growth 45:12 The Prep School Advantage and Coaching Perspectives 47:21 Concluding Thoughts and the Impact of Coaching
    Chasing the Goal podcast from New England Lacrosse Journal is a Seamans Media production. Find more daily lacrosse news at New England Lacrosse Journal: https://www.laxjournal.com/

    • 45 min
    Nashoba Regional Coach Matt Biggs

    Nashoba Regional Coach Matt Biggs

    The guest is Nashoba head lacrosse coach Matt Biggs, who delves into coaching philosophies, the growth of lacrosse in New England, and the impact of positive youth programs. Discussions highlight the balance between instructional and positive feedback in coaching, the evolution of player skills and mindset, and the necessity for challenging traditional play styles. Coach Biggs shares his personal journey from a player to a coach, his role in building a strong lacrosse culture at Nashoba, and the importance of adapting coaching strategies to player strengths. The conversation also touches on the challenges and benefits of divisional realignments and power rankings in Massachusetts lacrosse, aiming to enhance the competitiveness and integration of teams across regions.
    Topics:
    00:14 Coaching Styles and Communication on the Field
    01:22 Introducing Coach Matt Biggs: A Lacrosse Legacy
    02:29 Building a Program: The Nashoba Lacrosse Story
    05:42 The Impact of Mentors in Lacrosse Coaching 06:15 The Challenge of Refereeing in Lacrosse
    11:47 Cultivating Talent and Team Culture at Nashoba
    12:29 The Evolution of a Coach: Offensive Strategy and Team Dynamics
    19:40 The Importance of Practice and Developing Young Talent
    26:18 Exploring Team Dynamics and Coaching Philosophy
    26:35 The Importance of Fun and Culture in Team Sports
    28:48 Adapting Coaching Strategies for Youth and High School Sports
    31:11 Encouraging Creativity and Individuality in Players
    41:23 Navigating Divisional Realignment and Its Impact on Teams
    Chasing the Goal podcast from New England Lacrosse Journal is a Seamans Media production.
    Find more daily lacrosse news at New England Lacrosse Journal: https://www.laxjournal.com/

    • 50 min
    Severn School Asst. Coach Corey Bulken

    Severn School Asst. Coach Corey Bulken

    Lacrosse legend Corey Bulken, an assistant coach at Severn School, shares insights on his playing career, coaching philosophy, and transition to coaching high school and college levels. He delves into the evolution of lacrosse, mentoring relationships, recruiting strategies, and the fulfilling experience of impacting players beyond the field.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Cardkillin ,

So glad I found this podcast

I mean the title says it all. This is by far my favorite lacrosse podcast. I’m local to New England so its especially interesting to me. Even if you are not from the area, the insight and guests the guys have on this show are amazing. This is the podcast I’ve been looking for and you have delivered! Keep doing the excellent job you are and this game will grow. Both hosts are great ambassadors of the game and I look forward to every episode.

framingham.kellys ,

Great but where are the women?

Would be great to see some female voices elevated - it’s a bummer to see the NE Lacrosse journal only bring in male coaches and only focus on boys teams. What a huge missed opportunity to showcase the entire sport in the region.

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