BANNER ELK, N.C. --- We want you to get to know our staff better Bobcat Nation! With many new faces on staff this year, Lees-McRae College Director of Athletics Craig McPhail continues our Meet the Coaches series by sitting down with Danny Ives, first-year assistant coach with the men's lacrosse program. The Bobcats' Meet the Coaches series aims to help you, Bobcat Nation, learn more about the people behind the scenes and on the sidelines guiding our student-athletes through their experience in collegiate athletics.
Craig McPhail (Mac): How did you get started in college athletics?
Danny Ives (DI): I was given the opportunity to travel to the United States to play for a travel team named 'Crossroads' in recruiting tournaments. From there I received offers to play at different colleges. Coach Edmunds (then head coach) at Lees-McRae reached out to me, and I decided I would become a Bobcat!
Mac: What are your direct responsibilities with regards to the men's lacrosse program?
DI: My main focus is with the offense. Some of my other duties include coaching, recruiting, mentoring, scouting and monitoring academic progress.
Mac: What does an average day consist of for you?
DI: When I arrive to the office in the morning I will send out emails to recruits. I will then do the team's laundry so that it is ready for practice. In the afternoon I will put together a practice plan with Coach Nesdill, and watch film from games/practice.
After practice I usually catch up on emails and if there are games, I will be on the road recruiting.
Mac: What is your most memorable moment in college athletics?
DI: I would have to say beating Pfeiffer to make the conference tournament my freshman year. We played the tournament in a cool stadium with downtown Charlotte as the backdrop.
Mac: What would you say is the most rewarding part of your job?
DI: Watching student-athletes develop, both on and off the field. It is very rewarding mentoring and witnessing athletes mature, and due to their dedication, excel in all areas of life.
Mac: What makes Lees-McRae so special for you?
DI: Lees-McRae is a great place. It is located in beautiful surroundings and a wonderful community. The school and athletic department are very friendly environments and everybody is known by name, which I think makes it unique from different schools.
Mac: Who is your mentor or guide in this profession?
DI: Coach Nesdill and all my previous coaches help me in this profession. I learn a lot from them, and I still keep in contact with old coaches who will help mentor me from time to time.
Mac: What do you hope to leave as a lasting impression for this position?
DI: I would like people to remember me for being hard working and very detailed orientated. Also for pushing my student-athletes to be the best person they can possibly be, both on and off the field.
Mac: What are your goals for the future?
DI: I would like to stay in the coaching profession and one day become a head coach.
Mac: What is your favorite hobby other than sports?
DI: When I am not coaching or watching my beloved Manchester City Football Club, I like to hang out with friends and family. I also like to travel around the country, and visit different cities and different parts of the world.
We hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about Danny Ives. Stay tuned for our next installment in the near future.
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