He may be new to the program, but former college and Quicksilver Lacrosse Club player, Patrick Haley, is more than prepared for this years IMG Academy Lacrosse program summer camp season. Haley grew up in Bethesda, MD and his interest in lacrosse began early in the first grade. His reason may sound like the typical childhood story, he saw his older neighbor playing lacrosse in his backyard and wanted to be just like him. That is where the passion and dedication began.
From that point on Haley not only looked up to his neighbor but to other great lacrosse players like Gary Gait and Michael Watson. Since then Haley has been playing lacrosse for 20 years. He played high school lacrosse in the strong and competitive MIAA-A conference for St. Mary's Annapolis before being recruited to play Division 1 collegiate lacrosse. Haley played two years at Towson University before transferring and playing at Florida State University. In 2007, he led his FSU team with 30 goals and 21 assists. After college, Haley moved to California to play in the Quicksilver Lacrosse Club.
It was tough for Haley to pick one great accomplishment in his 20 years of playing lacrosse. One of them went all the way back to the 5th grade. The summer going into the 5th grade Haley spent at least two hours a day training and practicing. He had hopes of moving up on the team and as a result he came out ahead of all the other players. It was the first time Haley realized that hard work pays off and he was proud of his accomplishment.
His second accomplishment he also saw as a disappointment. In high school he played in the MIAA-A championship where he and his team lost a close game. It was that game that pushed him to keep getting better, which is why his best advice to any young lacrosse player is that practice makes perfect. In Haley's own words, "The more time you spend with the lacrosse stick in your hands, the better you will be."
With only spending three days on the job, Haley already has a specific coaching style that he would like to implement in training players. He feels that the best way to teach lacrosse is to give to each lacrosse student some one on one time and attention to help them with their game. This type of coaching skill he picked up while teaching his little brother's lacrosse team. It was the same little brother who attracted him to teaching at IMG Academy. His brother had spent some time training here and enjoyed his experience. Haley then realized that IMG Academy was the perfect place for total athlete training. Haley hopes to help students in specific areas like Offensive Area IQ and visualization with shooting. He would like each IMG Academy Lacrosse program student to reach their full potential and play lacrosse at their top college choice.