November 30, 2010

Video: Drexel Goalie Mark Manos' Routine

by Matt DaSilva and Emily Gibson | "Countdown to Convention" Home

You don't have to be a manchild like Drexel's Mark Manos to be great in goal. Dragons assistant coach Chris Collins knows firsthand.

Collins, who followed a stellar goalkeeping career at Delaware with stints in the MLL and NLL, enlisted Manos, 6-foot-2 with a "Sal LoCascio build," to demonstrate goalie drills at the 2010 US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore.

Manos was a third team All-American in 2010 after leading Drexel to four wins against top 10-ranked teams. He led the CAA in goals against average (8.29), save percentage (.585) and saves per game (11.27).

Check out Collins and other goalie-minded gurus (scroll after video) at the 2011 convention, presented by Champion, which returns to Baltimore.

Coaching goalies shouldn't be scary. Learn how to direct, error detect and correct goalies with confidence, even if you've never stepped in the cage.

Since there is only one spot available on the field per team, goalies are seldom compared to field players. This means that there are fewer coaches in the world that have sufficient knowledge of goaltending. Luckily for convention goers, US Lacrosse is bringing speakers to Baltimore who are expert goalies and goalie coaches, and who can share with you tips on how to develop your goalie.

Here are a few who are coming to enlighten you on the art of goaltending:


- Head women's coach, Monmouth University
- US Lacrosse Level 1 and 2 Coaching Education Program certified coach and a Level 1 trainer
Session title: "10 Things Your HS Goalie Should Know and Some Drills for Them"
Skinny: This session will cover some skills, techniques and strategies a high school goalie should know and will carry out some drills to train for 1v1, crease play, interceptions, clearing and reaction time.


- Assistant men's coach, Drexel University
- Professional MLL and NLL goalie
Session title: "Developing Stick Work in Goaltenders"
Skinny: This session will cover tips and tricks on how to improve stick work in goaltenders so that they will be more comfortable in and out of the crease.


- Assistant women's coach, Penn State University
- 2010-11 U.S. women's senior team member
Session title: "Goalkeeping"
Skinny: This session will be an open question-and-answer session for goalkeeper instruction. This is a great chance to have your question heard and get the answer you've been looking for.


- Goalie/mental coach, New Canaan High School
Session title: "Goalie Psychology"
Skinny: This session will cover the physiological effects of fear on performance. It will also demonstrate drills that will allow goalies to eventually overcome the effects of fear by learning relaxation techniques and focusing on the release of the shot.


- Varsity boys' coach, Brewster Academy
Session title: "Building Essential Individual and Team Defensive Skills"
Skinny: This session will show how to teach individual goalie, defensemen and midfielder drills, plus team defensive drills. It will break down skills for each position, and then show how those skills work on the team defense level. This is primarily for high school coaches.

The US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion®, returns to the Baltimore Convention Center again Jan. 21-23, 2011. Billed as "the unofficial start to the lacrosse season," this event annually gathers the very best the sport has to offer, and provides the sport's largest educational opportunity, with over 5,000 coaches, officials, program administrators and exhibitors in attendance...REGISTER TODAY!

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