HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse Head Coach Danie Caro spoke at the US Lacrosse Annual Convention in Baltimore, Md., in late January. Caro was involved in the event for the second year in a row, participating in four presentations on various topics of interest to the constituents of the Women's Division.
"It really is an honor to speak at the USL Convention," said Caro. "One of the main functions the convention serves is to educate and inspire coaches and officials, and as a college coach I feel that it is my professional obligation to give back to the game in as many ways as I can."
Caro presented a session with Clarissa Clarke from Nor'Easter Lacrosse Club. The presentation, entitled "Making Parents Your Allies", allowed attendees to learn strategies and techniques to get parents more involved with teams in a positive way. It also focused on dealing with parents who might be a distraction to both players and coaches.
Caro also gave three more presentations. Those sessions included "Instituting a Basic Defensive System" about implementing and modifying basic player to player defensive schemes, as well as "Defending the Defense" with Patti Klecha-Porter. The presentation with Klecha-Porter focused on teaching officials what to look for when making either a block or charge call.
"It was really fun to address to the officials," Caro said. "Any time we have the opportunity to increase communication between coaches and officials it can be extremely beneficial to both sides."
Quinnipiac's head coach also participated in the Women's Recruiting Panel with Celine Cunningham of Stevens, North Carolina's Jenny Levy, Chris Sailer of Princeton and Monmouth's Denise Wescott.
The Bobcats begin the season on Feb. 26 when they host 2009 NCAA Tournament participant and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Champion Fairfield at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. The Bobcats and Stags are set to square off at 2 p.m.