Royal Wedding Part II

June 27, 2015 by

This weekend I want to wish Roz Klann all the very best as she ties the knot in her hometown, Denver, CO. I first met Roz when she attended our soccer camp at the end of her junior year of high school. Having just spent a few days in Denver before the wedding I am not sure why she left the state but I am thankful she did. Roz had a stellar career for the Generals ending in an ODAC championship her senior year and her influence on the team has been sorely missed.


Roz is one of the most selfless athletes I have ever coached and she would do anything for the program. This was exemplified her senior year when she voluntarily gave up playing her preferred central midfield position to play left midfield because it was the best thing for the team.


Roz was a fierce competitor that hated to lose in any game at practice and was a coaches dream( at least this coach). What I personally miss since Roz graduated in 2010 is her sense of humor, her passion for mischief, and her willingness to push herself and her teammates to be better players and people.


Roz (and her sidekick Maggie) invented the stealing of the gnome after the croquet party and that tradition is still alive and well. She was the first player I remember that started the bright soccer cleat phase, culminating in some bright orange rascals her senior year. She also produced at least one memorable attempt per season to score off a bicycle kick which was always entertaining ( she will claim she scored one if you stick around to listen).


I have been truly blessed to have known you now 10 years and I appreciate you staying connected to the program. It means a lot to receive your texts and other messages. Your successes at W&L and since graduation are not a surprise and I could not be happier for you and Brendan. What could be better than marrying another General?

Much happiness to you both and there is always room at Chez Cunningham for you guys. Looking forward to sharing your special day. It’s truly my honor to be there.

Much Love,

Coach

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Let the Summer of Weddings Begin

June 12, 2015 by

This month is wedding month for a couple of former Generals. First up this weekend is Page Minton our very own southern belle/tough KY kid from Bowling Green, KY. It seems like just yesterday (actually it does not, but people say that) that I sat in Memphis, TN on a cold Saturday night to watch Page play for Tennessee Futbol Club. We then convinced her to come to campus and attend our ID camp and the rest, as they say, is history.

Page was a phenomenal servant to the program and a loyal advocate of doing things the ‘Gennies way.” She is one of the most influential and versatile players we have ever had in the program. Page would play anywhere for the team and absolutely anywhere I asked her to play. In my time at Washington and Lee I am confident in the statement that she is one of the only players to have played at the back, midfield and as a makeshift forward from time to time.

Page was always a ferocious competitor who hated to lose and more importantly she had the mentality to come to practice every day and play her best. She had that southern way to demand the same from her teammates in a non-threatening manner and was an extremely popular player: voted Captain her senior year.

Coaches will always miss players like Page because they are selfless, dedicated and understand what it means to be truly accountable. I miss Page as much for what she did on the field as what she gave me in terms of laughs, intelligent office conversations and the ability to relate to anyone and everyone.

Page and Corbin, I wish you well and a lifetime of health and happiness. I thank you most sincerely for the opportunity to share your special day on Saturday. It means a lot. See you in “God’s Country.”

Once a General, always a General.

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Clemmons in Spain!

May 28, 2015 by

Spring Term Abroad- Seville, Spain

I’ve been lucky enough to have spent the last three weeks in beautiful Seville, Spain studying and completely immersing myself in Spanish culture. It’s hard to believe that I only have one week left here… time has definitely flown by! I have been living with my host mom, María Dolores, an extremely friendly and loving mother with four daughters and many grandchildren that are always spending time at the house. There’s no possible way for me to list everything that I’ve learned and experienced since my arrival, but here are some highlights:

  1. People are more important than the food and the coffee. I know that this sounds kind of weird and obvious, but the company is always more important than the taste of the food or the drinks. Don’t complain if it takes the waiter a longer time to show up to your table to take your order or if your food doesn’t arrive at the table in 10 minutes. No one is in a rush to scarf down their food because people enjoy spending time with their company.
  2. It is really hot. I always brag about the fact that I’m used to the heat since I’m from Phoenix, AZ, but even for me, it is really hot. If you don’t go for a run early in the morning before class, you have to wait until around 8pm for the next opportunity unless you want to die of heat stroke. For instance, one of the students on our trip left her house to go for a run around 5pm until her host mother chased her down the street to tell her that the heat was too dangerous and that she needed to come back inside.
  3. Walking is the best way to get around. Not only is it more enjoyable, but also in many Spanish cities, driving is a hassle. The roads are really small and most of them are one-way, so it may even take longer to get somewhere in a car than just simply walking.
  4. If you’re trying to improve your speaking skills in a foreign language, actually use it! There are way too many students that have been studying abroad here since January who still can’t speak any Spanish because they refuse to use it when they talk to friends. The Center, where we study, requires that we use Spanish all of the time, and we’ve been doing just that with only a few exceptions. Not only do we use Spanish in class and in our homes, but we also use it in just normal conversations, and everyone’s Spanish skills have improved tremendously since we’ve arrived.
  5. If you ever travel to Seville, the two things that you must see are a flamenco performance and a bullfight. The first week of class, our group had the opportunity to see one of the best traditional flamenco performances in Spain. Although we had to sprint the last few hundred yards to the theater before the doors closed, it was all worth it. The flamenco singers, guitarists, and dancers all put on a great performance and I am extremely happy that I got the opportunity to see it. Last Sunday, we also went to a bullfight. It was really hard to believe that one of the bullfighters was my age! The rituals, traditional clothing, and enthusiasm of the crowd are all factors that make it a really incredible experience.

Although we’ve had the opportunity to visit Córdoba, Madrid, Toledo, Cádiz, and Granada, Seville is still my favorite. I will definitely miss this city, but it has left me with many unforgettable experiences.

¡Hasta luego!

Clem

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Give Day at W&L

March 26, 2015 by

Susan, Daniel,Anna and I have made a gift to challenge all past and present women’s soccer players to make a gift on give day. We need 5000 gifts in 24 hours. Women’s soccer can lead the way. Go to wlu.edu to make a gift now.

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Superstar Reporter, Meaghan Latella, At It Again…

March 13, 2015 by

Check it out at: http://rockbridgereport.washingtonandlee.net/?p=14333

Recruiting Events

February 18, 2015 by

The W&L Women’s Soccer Coaching Staff will be attending the following tournaments:

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If you will be attending any of those events, please email the coaching staff with your schedule!

Junior, Meaghan Latella, on the Rockbridge Report

February 3, 2015 by
Make sure you check out Meaghan Latella on the Rockbridge Report. Pretty good if you ask me.
CBS/NBC better watch out….
Click Here: Rockbridge Report
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Generals Take a Trip to the Mayflower Retirement Home

January 26, 2015 by

The following post was written by sophomores Katie Clemmons and Hollis Tardy…

After being apart for way too long, the Gennies finally reconvened on Saturday to help serve the community by enjoying the afternoon at the Mayflower Retirement Home in downtown Lexington. The residents were very excited to have visitors and loved making conversation about family, friends, and just life in general! The event was organized by Katie Clemmons and Hollis Tardy for the Generals Leadership Academy, a program that teaches W&L student athletes strong leadership skills for their athletic teams and future communities and careers.

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What Do You Miss the Most?

December 10, 2014 by

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As part of hopefully a series of reflective pieces some former Generals look back on what they miss the most about playing college soccer at Washington and Lee. We feature the graduating class of 2013 who are still weirdly an extremely close class but one that I personally miss a great deal. They were great ambassadors for our program and continue to support the team, me and the program at every opportunity. They all had a great perspective on what it means to go through a four year career as a college athlete. At the end of the day it is and will always be about people.

As your former coach, but life-long supporter, I appreciate your dedication to the program since graduation. Whether it is coming to games, texts before and after games, text pics of you all together still doing weird stuff, drinks at my house when you get back to campus (even Toddy spilling her drinks) or just knowing that you are watching games online is very much appreciated and never taken for granted.

Overall record at Washington and Lee: 54-15-8. Conference Champions in 2009

 

Alex “Toddy” Todd: Defender from New Orleans, LA. Soon to be a graduate of UVA with a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering.

I miss the feeling you have on game day, waking up super excited, extremely distracted from everything else (but not caring about anything else that day so it doesn’t matter), playing in your head what will happen later that day. I love the hours leading up to game time, when you go to the locker room, blast crazy music, listen to your favorite pump-up song, hang out in the training room, snack on granola bars, and finally walk up to the field, really pumped up and ready to succeed in a Gennies Win Day! When everyone on the team (all of your best friends) are on the same page and in the same mindset going into game-time, it’s the best feeling ever. Because you know the next three hours are going to be filled with your favorite thing – competitive soccer – AND you know that when you win, you will have Dr. Fulcher’s peanut butter balls waiting for you in the locker room and you worked so hard in the game that you can eat 12 and not feel guilty.

Ainsley “Ainsbutt” Daigle: Midfielder from Lafayette, LA. Senior research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board in DC.

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I miss playing in games that actually matter. Even if you can find ways to keep playing after college (adult leagues, intramural teams, playing with friends, etc.), you’ll never have that feeling of the game REALLY meaning something. That feeling of absolutely leaving it on the field to win. In fact, in adult leagues it’s kind of just awkward when people take it too seriously and you also get in trouble for slide tackling!

Hannah “Snack” Sackfield: Midfield player from Louisville, KY. Health and Benefits Actuarial Analyst at Mercer in Richmond, VA

What I miss the most: getting pumped up in the locker room before games; playing up on watt field, which has the best, most incredible views of campus, especially in the fall; post-practice stretch circle shenanigans; and last but not least, the 6 a.m. beep test (NOT!)

Katie “K-How” Howard: Midfield player from Atherton, CA. Event Production Assistant for One Kings Lane, NYC

  1. Preseason – It’s almost magical being on campus in August. Everyone is so excited about the season and finally being back in Lexington for another year. The fitness test is stressful, two-a-days are hard, you wake up so sore you’re not sure you can even do the warm up lap, but it’s so worth it.
  2. Nicknames – We have a habit of making up nicknames for people. It’s fun to look back and see how soccer nicknames easily became someone’s name around campus, not just on the field.
  3. The team – Playing soccer at W&L defined my entire college experience. Regardless of the team’s successes or failures, the group of people I got to spend every day with made the entire experience worth it. No other team got along on and off the field as well as we did or respected the program as much. I had immense pride walking around Lexington as a member of the soccer team, and still feel the same walking around wearing W&L soccer gear in NYC.

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A Thanks is Not Enough…But It’s All I Got.

November 26, 2014 by

A season takes a lot of people pulling in one direction towards a common goal and it would be remiss of me to not take a more public forum to thank so many people for what they did for our team this fall. This BLOG that reaches millions worldwide is my public forum so please pass on my message to the technologically challenged people out there. These are not in any order of ranking or importance. It takes a lot of people to truly make a team better.

1) Parents

What a great group of loyal supporters you have been this year. You have traveled in numbers, watched online and the team and staff fully appreciate your efforts. Tailgates at home games, meals on the road, kind words to me personally and thoughtful letters are very much appreciated and never taken for granted. Your class at games always shines through, which is something you always appreciate when you hear the nonsense that comes from other people. I hope you watched the last game of the season and felt the same way I did at the end – sad to lose, but proud of the character and pride the team showed in representing the program and the school. You only see the games, I see it every day.

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2) Alumnae

Thanks for coming to games both at home and on the road this season. It is rewarding as a coach to know you still care and think of the program so passionately. For those of you who could not make a live game, thanks for the numerous texts and e-mails both celebrating wins and commiserating the losses. Your support says so much about you as people. Once a General…..

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3) Jeremy Franklin

If you do not know this fine young man you are missing out. He is the guy that broadcasts our games in his insightful and professional manner. If you listen to other school’s broadcasts you can appreciate how good this guy really is. He is knowledgeable, intelligent and above all else he truly cares about the team and makes every effort to get to know the players as more than just a kid in a jersey with a number on her back. It would be a very sad day if Jeremy Franklin left the hallowed campus of Washington and Lee.

4) Danielle Davis

Our new trainer, Danielle, did a great job this year at keeping us all as healthy as possible. It’s a long season and our training staff works some very long hours and I want them to know that every minute you spend with the athletes is appreciated. It certainly makes coaches lives much easier.

5) Reba Miller: Sports Information Office

The announcer at the games and the person responsible for getting stats updated and game reports out on the website in a timely manner. Reba has done an outstanding job in her first year at Washington and Lee and it is something I do not take for granted when games are staffed appropriately so we can concentrate on the coaching side of things.

6) Tommy and Baner

This sounds like a comedic duo and could easily pass for one… These guys look after the players every need during the season down in the stadium equipment room. Whatever the player’s need, Tommy and Baner take care of it with a kind word and an even bigger smile. Nothing is too much trouble. They enjoy the wins and have comforting words when things do not go well. We would truly be lost without these guys.

7) Megan Fulcher

Dr. Fulcher is the women’s soccer team’s faculty athletic mentor and has been a big help to our players when they need academic advice with classes, as well as really understanding them off the field (This means feeding them…they are not that complex). Megan’s Peanut Butter Balls (size of beach balls) are always a welcomed gift in the locker room. She and her family drive to away games and support the Generals through the goodness of their hearts and we appreciate the support.

8) Mike Mayo

Who? He hides behind the scenes and prefers it that way but Mike is responsible for making sure we have awesome fields to play and practice on every day. Over the last few years our fields have improved largely due to Mike’s attention to them and pride in his work. A great guy that goes above and beyond because he truly cares.

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9. Fans

Student body, friends of players, faculty, school administrators and community people all come out to support the Generals. It means a lot to a player to see people fill the stands and that the faces are familiar. What would we do without Bob’s double bubble? One of my favorite things over the last couple of years has been the support of the other teams on campus who rearrange practice or just encourage their teams to support each other. Swimming, Women’s Basketball, Football, Men’s Soccer, Volleyball, Men’s Lax we owe you and look forward to returning the favor whenever we can.

10) Coach Rachael

I enjoy working with you. You have a great understanding of what it takes to be a coach and balance being accessible to players with a sense of no compromise either. Holding players accountable and pushing them to improve is why we are successful. You are a great role model on and off the field because you have truly walked in their shoes and continue to work hard every day. Nothing is easy, life can be tough but your attitude is refreshing in educating the players make that transition to college. I am truly blessed to work with you.


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