January 10, 2010

USL Convention Keynoter Holtz Talks Lax

by Matt DaSilva | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff


Lou Holtz Podcast (105.7 The Fan)

The US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, comes to Baltimore this week, and the buzz about keynote speaker Lou Holtz got a little louder Monday morning.

Holtz, the legendary former Notre Dame football coach and College Football Hall of Famer, was a guest on 105.7 The Fan with Mark Viviano and “The Bulldog" Damon Yaffe promoting the convention, which is expected to draw more than 5,000 attendees to the Baltimore Convention Center. On-site registration starts Thursday, with speaker sessions -- including Holtz’s keynote address -- in full swing Friday.

“You don’t have to be a lacrosse junkie to enjoy it,” said Yaffe, who coaches high school football and lacrosse at Boys’ Latin (Md.), and has been a color analyst and contributor for the Baltimore Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins and Maryland lacrosse teams. “It’s a good time. It’s good people having a good time.”

Holtz, whose grandson Louis is a high school lacrosse player in Greenville, N.C., said he loved the sport and called it the fastest-growing game in the country. Then the current ESPN analyst relayed some of the messages about leadership and life he will likely trumpet to the lacrosse community Friday.

“In your esteemed college coaching career, you never inherited a winning team. Yet you have a sterling record as a college coach. It’s got to be a sense of satisfaction that you took something that was broke and fixed it. Is that part of the drive that made you successful?” Holtz was asked.

“They can name you the head coach,” Holtz replied, “but they cannot name you the leader. If you’re going to be a leader, you have to have a vision of where you’re going to take the organization… I had a plan when I went to Notre Dame – how we were going to recruit, what kind of offense we’d run and what we were going to do with that football team. You have accountability for the decisions you make. In work, personal life or marriage, wherever you are is a result of the decisions you’ve made.

“When I go into a losing situation, I explain to players we’re here because of the decisions we make… If you care about those people, you care about them enough to make them the best they can be. But caring about people is not making their life easy. They don’t need another friend. They need a leader, a coach that’s going to take them to new heights.”

Holtz’s keynote presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the ballroom of the Baltimore Convention Center. For the complete US Lacrosse National Convention schedule and information on how to register on site, visit www.uslacrosse.org/convention.

On Deck: Stenersen
US Lacrosse President and CEO Steve Stenersen will be on air Thursday at 9:25 a.m. with Viviano and Yaffe to preview the convention and Fan Fest (access to expo hall and live field demonstrations Saturday from 12-4 p.m. for $10), as well as talk about US Lacrosse with the greater Baltimore sports community. Baltimore-area lacrosse enthusiasts can tune in to 105.7 The Fan. Others can listen live at www.1057thefan.com.


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