Vanessa Windsor has always had a passion for the game of lacrosse. The Stony Brook School head coach is coming off of her first season coaching the team on the varsity level. Although the 2020 season is currently on hold, Vanessa is focusing on the positives with her team and is continuing to meet with them online. She is not just the lacrosse coach, but is also the strength coach, and is streaming workouts and virtual lacrosse sessions to help her team stay active. After making it to the semifinals last year, she is looking to take the next step forward, and complete the mission of winning a league championship. Continue reading about Vanessa down below in a recent interview with the LILJ.
Q. How did you get into coaching?
A: I have a bachelors degree in Business Administration which landed me a desk job right out of college. When I had my daughter in 2012, I decided if I was going to work and have kids I wanted to do something I was passionate about. The last time I could look back and remember that passion was when I was on the lacrosse field. I pursed my Masters in Health and Wellness and by the time my daughter was six months old I landed my first coaching job as an Assistant Coach at Randolph College which is a Division III school in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Q. How has your team been handling not being able to play during these difficult circumstances?
A: I think under the circumstances the team has handled it fairly well. We always talk about gleaning the positive in every situation so we are trying daily to do that together and know that this won’t be forever.
Q. Are there things that you have been telling your team to do to stay active?
A: I am more a do it with you coach. We have weekly meetings where we check in and do a team bonding exercise, I am also the Strength coach so we host weekly live stream workouts on Zoom, and I am currently giving group virtual lacrosse sessions for all my players. I tell them the two main things to do is use lacrosse as an outlet right now. Keep the stick in hand and try to do some exercise more geared towards helping them emotionally and mentally.
Q. What were some of the goals you wished to accomplish with your team that you could now carry into next season?
A: We came off our first year as a varsity program last year. We made the semi championship game and since that day we really have just wanted to push further. Our main goal which has stayed the same since day one is to continue to strive for a league championship.