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screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-9-14-56-am Cemented as one of the top coaches in college lacrosse, John Danowski has led the Duke men’s lacrosse team to unprecedented success during his nine-year tenure. This is actually my third podcast with Coach Danowski, and every one will make you re-think about your lacrosse practice planning,

Danowski was introduced as Duke’s eighth head men’s lacrosse coach on July 21, 2006 and quickly led the Blue Devils to some of the most successful lacrosse seasons in school history and to three NCAA Championships in five seasons. In November of 2015, Danowski joined another fraternity, being named the U.S. Lacrosse Men’s National Team Head Coach. He will coach the United States in the 2018 Lacrosse World Championships.

In Danowski’s nine years at the helm of the Blue Devils lacrosse program, he has compiled an impressive 140-38 record in leading Duke to seven ACC regular season titles and four ACC tournament titles, eight straight appearances in the national semifinals from 2007-14, four in the NCAA title match and ultimately to the 2010, 2013 and 2014 national titles. The 2014 NCAA crown put Danowski, a winner of 359 career games, among a small group of nine coaches to win three national titles and among eight to capture consecutive crowns. Meanwhile, Duke’s run of eight straight NCAA semifinals rank as the second most of any program since 2000 with Syracuse.

A winner of nearly 80 percent of his games at Duke, the individual awards Blue Devil players have garnered is equally impressive. In only nine seasons, Danowski mentored 57 All-America selections, 28 All-ACC choices, two Tewaaraton Trophy winners, a pair of USILA Attackman of the Year honorees, a USILA Defenseman of the Year, two USILA Midfielder of the Year award recipients and 16 USILA Scholar All-America picks.

While the success on the field is unsurpassed in Duke lacrosse history, the student-athletes excellence in the classroom also is unrivaled. The Blue Devils consistently lead the ACC in All-ACC Academic picks as well as players on the ACC Academic Honor Roll. This past season, Duke had a program-high 38 players – over 80 percent of the team – achieve a 3.0 grade point average for the entire academic year,

A veteran coach entering his 25th season as a collegiate head coach in 2007, Danowski spent 21 campaigns (1986-06) at Hofstra, compiling an overall record of 192-123 (.609) with eight conference championships, eight NCAA Tournament bids and 17 final national rankings among the top 20 teams in the nation.

“The coach-player relationship lasts a lifetime – so much more than two hours every afternoon,” said Danowski, the 1993 NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year who led Hofstra to eight conference championships. “It would be a disservice to the young men in the Duke program if we didn’t care about their futures. To take advantage of the opportunity to teach life lessons is a goal of ours.

“I have learned the importance of adapting to the talent you have on the field,” Danowski said. “You can’t put a square peg into a round hole. I am a firm believer in taking what you have and finding the best way to be efficient with that group.”

This will be the 11th year of the awesome lacrosse camps held at Duke. These camps are the real deal with the Duke Coaching Staff, I know the players love them! Info on the can be found on the site and they generally run in June during mid week, if you need info just email me at mike@laxcoachmike.com,

In addition, Coach Danowski offers some incredible Coaching Clinics for five months in the fall, all the clinics are free and on line, you need to check them out, just click here!

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In the full podcast for our Premium family, I was really surprised by the vast attention to attention to detail on stickwork, and the detail on all of the drills actually, we cover his 2016/7 practice plans in detail, warm ups, stickwork, 1V1’s, transition drills, some creative ideas on 6V6 and much much more, there is a ton of stuff in this one!

Audio Preview, This is for all Free Members simply log in… We hear Coach Danowski share the incredible options and variations on how the practice 1V1 scenarios, pretty amazing stuff… listen to Coach Danowski describe this in his own words, then check out the article for more details, for the corresponding article just click here…

If you missed the other great article from Coach Danowski on Seven ways to Score from a few years back, just click here

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