Sophomore guard Avry Holmes has notified USF that he plans to leave the school and attend another institution in the fall of 2014. Holmes played a central role in the Dons’ first NIT appearance in 10 years this past season. He started all 33 of the Dons’ games and was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week in early March.
If you’ve passed by Negoesco Stadium recently, you may have noticed something you had probably never seen before at USF; lacrosse players practicing on the field. That’s because the university did not have any type of lacrosse organization on campus before October, when a group of students got together to form the USF Lacrosse Club.
Though they are officially a University of San Francisco organization, USF Lacrosse holds the “club sport” status, which means they do not get most of the benefits that athletes in sports such as basketball and soccer get.
“Club teams often operate separately from the athletic department, the big difference there is that they don’t receive any funding from the school.” said Dan Vilar, head coach of the Lacrosse Club. “With varsity sports you have recruits, you follow NCAA bylaws, you have scholarships, and a big budget. Club sports are organized, funded and administrated all by the students – they do the work, they hire all the coaches, they pay the coaches.”
Not only do students hire the coaches, they also pay for everything else needed to run a team.
“It’s an additional burden on top of tuition and everything else – it comes out of the players’ pockets,” Vilar said before mentioning that it gets easier the longer you have the program. “More established programs will have better fundraising efforts, more alumni who give back to the program.” Vilar gives the example of UC Berkeley’s lacrosse squad, who have been a club team for 50 years now and were able to raise around $50,000 to help with paying for a coach.
Vilar played lacrosse from fourth grade through college, but only got into coaching once his eligibility ended. After that, he coached at various different levels at a number of schools around the Bay Area. Vilar jokingly said that “bossing people around” was his favorite part of being a coach, before continuing in a more sincere tone.
“My favorite part of being a coach is bringing out the best in somebody, seeing that moment where it clicks for them and they go from being a beginner to intermediate, or a brand new player on the team to a starter on the team,” Vilar said. “I love to see people who have that enthusiasm, that gusto, and are receptive to coaching.”
For sophomore Suraj “Zed” Talluri, who plays goalie for the USF Lacrosse Club, the best part of lacrosse is the feeling that he gets in the heat of the moment.
“The adrenaline rush, I’d have to say, is my favorite part about it,” Talluri said. “Like when I see someone bolting towards the cage about to take a shot, the insane amount of adrenaline I get before that shot is just addicting.”
Like a number of others on the team, this is the first experience that Talluri has had playing lacrosse, but skills from other sports have eased his training a little bit.
“I played a lot of tennis beforehand so that really helped with my hand-eye coordination,” Talluri said.
Hand-eye coordination is especially important for Talluri in his role as the team’s goalie. He said that while the position is pretty much what it sounds like, there are leadership aspects involved as well.
“It’s been described to me as the defensive quarterback in a way, because you need to command the defense, let them know what position they need to be in, and tell them who to approach and how to block,” Talluri said.
The team finished up its season on Sunday with a 15-3 win over Cabrillo College, but the players will be back in the fall to strengthen their skills and return to play. Moving forward, Vilar would like to see the team accepted into the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL), but said that it will be hard if students with prior experience don’t show up to play.
“I know there are guys here who aren’t on the team but have played lacrosse before, and I hope that I can get them to come out and join,” Villar said.
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Despite grabbing a No. 4 seed in the NIT Tournament, USF was outmatched and eliminated in the first round, losing 71-63 to the Louisiana State University Tigers. With their early exit in the NIT, the Dons’ most successful season under head coach Rex Walters officially came to an end.
Citing the upcoming release of the movie Jurassic World as an influence, Dons men’s basketball head coach Rex Walters says that he has decided to legally add “Tyrannosaurus” to the beginning of his name. Walters is a major fan of the dinosaur adventure series Jurassic Park, and says that after the great times he’s had viewing the films this is undoubtedly the right thing to do.
“It’s something I had been thinking a lot about since the release of the third movie in the series, and when I heard that they had finally announced a new sequel I knew it was time.”, said Walters, whose name will become his favorite dinosaur in the film. “It wasn’t just about fitting well with my current name, the Tyrannosaurus Rex is the best dinosaur and the obvious choice to be named after.”
USF president, the Rev. Stephen A. Privett, S.J., did not think as highly of Walters’ name change, saying that doing something like this is absurd for a man in his position.
“The T-Rex?” Privett said in disbelief. “Are you kidding me? Everyone knows that the best dinosaur is the velociraptor. I can’t understand why he would consider anything else!”
Walters still plans to go ahead with the name change despite what Privett may think.
“No one is doubting the velociraptor – it’s speed and cleverness are unmatched in the dinosaur world, but when it comes down to it the T-Rex wins in a fight nine out of ten times,” Walters said after hearing about the presidents’ comments. “I mean come on, did Privett even see the end of the first movie?”
With the decision made, Walters will now move on to the legal process of changing his name, one which could take a while but will almost certainly be completed before the release of the next movie.
When asked what he would like to be called once the change goes through, Walters voiced his preference for an abbreviated nickname.
“I’m not going to request that everyone call me by the full name, even though that would be nice,” Walters said. “It is a bit long, so “T-Rex” should be fine. Never just “T” though, that’s much too casual.”
DISCLAIMER: This piece was printed as part of The Foghorn’s April Fool’s Day issue on April 1st, 2014. This article is intended to be satirical.
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