BALTIMORE, Md. – Sharing his knowledge of "The System" style of play utilized by four-time ASUN Conference Champion Jacksonville University women's lacrosse, Associate Head Coach Paul McCord will be speaking at the 2018 US Lacrosse Convention this Saturday. A veteran speaker who first started sharing his ideas at LaxCon in 2006, McCord will also offer advice for how programs can improve their speed of play.
"[Head Coach Mindy McCord] and I have presented at the convention before and we really love serving the game and sharing ideas," stated McCord. "This year we are sharing something very near and dear to our heart, our system of play at JU. In 2011, we started running and gunning. With no shot clock and in our third year of play in 2012, we set the NCAA record for scoring. With the old 'red light, green light' rules and teams trying to stall out the clock against us, we managed 18.16 goals per game. We have won four NCAA scoring titles despite having less than half the available scholarship resources of the teams we competed against. There has been a great deal of innovation and I will share many of them this Saturday."
McCord started coaching women's lacrosse in 1999 when the game was much different. For a veteran football and track coach, the rules were contradictory. Using his background in other sports, he sought to apply principles that were foreign to women's lacrosse but nonetheless practical. Over the 2000s, the freelance style of play and teaching has been used to develop youth, middle school, and high school athletes to help grow Florida into a strong girls lacrosse state at all levels.
Since 2011, Coach McCord has coordinated the high power attacking and transition games of the Dolphins. The team has earned 14 NCAA statistical championships, four scoring titles, and 11 conference championships – six regular season titles and five conference tournament titles – during that time.
Added McCord, "We have evolved a fun style of play that we think every high school and youth team should look into as the rules continue to open up play. The game is changing fast, pun intended! We didn't have the world's best players; nobody has them all. Finding a different way to play was essential to our success and we are innovating more and more for the upcoming season. It's a fun, exciting way to play and coach, and it forces you to develop a solid bench and practice in a way that develops players."