Coach Harold Drumm hopes to continue his long line of success in 2020. The Mount Sinai Coach has a storied history of playoff contention and coached his team to a stunning 17-1 record last season. As we step into the new year, the LILJ talked with Drumm about coaching philosophies and hopes for the new season. Click the link below to read the full interview!
Q: Coach, you had an incredible 17-1 record. Is what ways in the team working to remain this production?
A: Fortunately, we are returning a lot of our starters and have a solid group of players eager to have the chance to prove themselves this coming season. We have continued to work throughout the fall and winter to build the team culture. Our players take a lot of personal responsibility and train on their own to improve both physically and mentally. We will push the team hard in practice, challenging them to improve each day in some aspect of their game as the coaching staff will do the same in an effort to continually improve our ability to coach the team and help attain our goals.
Q: You lost a couple of key players including Attack man Bobby DeMeo. Who do you expect to step up into that senior leadership role in 2020?
A: I expect numerous players to step up into a leadership role this year. We have a few players that will be competing for the attack position for this spring. We have a “blank slate” mentality when it comes to the beginning of the season. Each player has to earn their time on the field.
Q: What would you say are the strongest aspects of your team this season?
A: One of this teams strengths is the fact that we lost a fantastic lacrosse game last year to an excellent Shoreham team. Our kids have thought about that game everyday and use that for motivation to train and improve. Internal drive and desire pushes our players to strive each day to get better with the County game loss and the feeling associated with that loss being the driving factor.
Q: Are there any specific philosophies from your own playing career that you pass on to your players?
A: Accountability. We make it very clear that all must be accountable for their actions on and off the field. Taking personal responsibility will help make us a better team. These young men must understand that accountability in life is a must. Looking at yourself rather than pointing fingers or making excuses.
Q: What are you most excited for in 2020?
A: We are most excited to get going on the field! We are eager to compete at a high level of lacrosse and truly enjoy coaching this group of young men. They are fun, enthusiastic and extremely coachable. We are looking forward to the process and simply competing.