The Whitworth athletics program will expand to 21 teams when women's lacrosse (WLAX) debuts in spring 2019. Here, Coach Noelle Brouillard shares how she's working to build a successful program from scratch.
Goals "Whenever a new program begins there is always the assumption that it will take a long time to get good players, but I believe that Whitworth is the type of university that attracts athletic students, so I want to use this to our advantage when developing our first recruiting class. I am looking to create a roster of 20 athletes for the first year of competition, which includes a mix of both incoming freshmen along with current students on campus who are interested in playing."
"I am trying to recruit heavily from the areas where Whitworth students generally come from (Seattle and Portland, Northern and Southern California) and that also have a strong foundation for lacrosse within the high school and club levels. We also have the opportunity to reach student-athletes from nontraditional areas who are looking for a Division III program in a competitive athletic environment."
Priorities "My chief priorities include getting recruits onto campus, holding clinics to identify talent as well as grow the sport within the Spokane community, marketing the new program and allowing female athletes to know that playing lacrosse at Whitworth is now an option. My priorities also include connecting with resources and staff and faculty on campus to help me better understand what it means to be a part of the Whitworth community, and getting connected with current students on campus who are interested in playing lacrosse and giving them opportunities to play throughout the year."
Measurement "Success for the program leading up to our first official spring-season team practice in January 2019 (with snow potentially on the ground) will be defined by the quality of the student-athletes we bring into the program. A team is only as good as its members, whose unique combination of skills and talents will determine our success as a unit. I am really excited to have the opportunity to bring a fresh group of athletes onto Whitworth's campus and have them grow as individuals, not only as the historic first team members, but also as the first lacrosse team members to contribute to the university community."