Janine Tucker: Tips For The Recruiting Process
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Janine Tucker is head women's lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins University, where she is the all-time winningest coach. As of 2015, she was a five-time IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year and held a 249-129 record in 22 seasons, including a 191-113 mark at the Division I level at Johns Hopkins. An All-America player at Loyola, from which she graduated in 1989, Tucker is an inductee in the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame and has co-written six books on lacrosse.
In this clip, Tucker advises parents on the collegiate recruiting process. She emphasizes participating in quality high school and club environments. Another key is for parents and student-athletes to engage in the recruiting process together, with lots of conversation, as opposed to the tendency for parents single-handedly shape the recruitment experience.
She cautions against parents over-estimating their children's value as recruits, losing perspective and not letting the recruitment process take its natural course. For example, if Division I coaches are not recruiting a child, that may be a signal for greater consideration of Division II or III or college club play. "Not everyone's son or daughter is going to get a full ride to their school of choice."