Lax Loot Coaches of the Month
February – This month's recipients received Under Armour gear selected by the CEP staff, a USL-branded Fox40 whistle, and one dozen balls and lacrosse stick courtesy of STX.
Men's Coach: Jason Griswold, Meridian, Idaho
Preparing for his upcoming season as the varsity assistant coach for Centennial (Idaho) HS, Jason Griswold came across a post at uslacrosse.org/blog, "Confessions of a B-Team Mom," written by Erin Smith, USL Director of Education and Training.
Griswold, a Level 1 certified coach working towards Level 2 certification, is the first men’s game USL Lax Loot winner of 2014.
The post inspired Griswold to reach out to Smith thanking her for writing the post and agreeing with her sentiments about developing players’ skills that are useful both on and off the field.
“I read your article, actually, I read it several times through,” Griswold said. “I am a former junior varsity coach, and I am a huge believer in developing the lacrosse skills, social skills, communication skills, and problem solving skills of my player. Thank you for writing this article. It’s very much appreciated, and I’m hopeful that it can open more levels of communication between coaches, players and their parents.”
Griswold went on to breakdown her blog and share with her about how it specifically related to his coaching experience.
“Jason’s email, in addition to his involvement with the sport, is encouraging and exciting for us here at US Lacrosse,” said Smith. “We realize that a lot of these coaches who achieve certification are doing so as volunteers. We want to thank every coach who has taken the time to make a positive experience for their players, and teaching them life lessons.”
Women's Coach: Mia Jafari, Southfield, Mich.