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This is our second interview with Head Coach Joe Alberici as he enters his eighth season at the helm of the Army lacrosse program. Following in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in the history of the sport, Alberici roams the same sideline where Hall of Fame legends such as Jack Emmer, Ace Adams, Dick Edell and F. Morris Touchstone, once tread. A former assistant to Emmer, Alberici returned to the banks of the Hudson River after a nine-year stint as an assistant coach at Duke where he helped the Blue Devils tighten their grip as one of the nation’s premier lacrosse programs.

When it comes to Alberici producing successful cadet-athletes both on the field and in the classroom, the numbers speak for themselves. In just seven short years at the Academy, his players have earned a total of 13 All-American certificates. Alberici has also mentored seven Patriot League major award winners(Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year), 32 Patriot League Honor Roll recipients, four Academic All-Americans, three Patriot League Scholar-Athletes of the Year and one Lowes Senior CLASS Award winner (Andrew Maisano, 2010). In addition, five of his players have gone in the Major League Lacrosse draft.

Coach Alberici served a term as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Lacrosse Team at the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England, helping the Americans to the gold medal. In 2007, he was also appointed to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Board of Directors, the sport’s national governing body. He has been named Patriot League Coach of the Year, and spent nine years with Coach Pressler at Duke as an assistant coach.

This is an awesome interview… packed with new ideas… even for me…. Coach Alberici details the long range schedule planning as a critical tool laying out practice concepts by the month, then by the week for the upcoming season. We can all learn from this. When do you want to put in your 2-man games? When do you want to put in your first Ride or Clear? Your ‘hold the ball offense’? Your ‘inbounds play’ etc?

Then Coach walks us through a typical Spring practice schedule and the changes from our interview two years ago… conditioning in the middle of practice, (his explanation makes so much sense, to emulate a true game scenario we do not run after the fourth quarter… Then a great 2V2 to 3v2 (they call it the #29 Drill) with picks and fundamentals… then some awesome ideas on Full Field Face Off to transition lacrosse drills, 3V2 and ‘crunching the field’, the “Nugget Drill” for knock down passes plus transition breaks, and finally, the ‘Hot Sauce’ drill, one of the most unique 1V1 looks for a lacrosse drill I have ever seen… these are all available for our Premium Members…

For all of the ‘Free Members’ we feature the ‘Full Field Face off to Transition Drill.’ I loved it!!! You may not think so, but we can modify it to any size roster, and exciting way to work on face offs, Wing Play, and transition, with a huge ‘conditioning’ bonus….

Click on the ‘Preview Sample’ below and listen to Coach Alberici describe this one in his own words, the reference the ‘Article Section’ to read about the details and the options… For the awesome camps at Army, google Army Lacrosse, or ‘goarmysports.com,

Audio Preview, ‘Face Off to 6V5 Transition Drill ll! from Coach Joe Alberici, Army, … This is for all Free Members simply log in… and then check out the corresponding article in our article section,

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The full podcast with a ton of ideas and drills is available for our Premium Members…

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