Thursday, September 22, 2016

Returning to the Game

A young Stephen "Bones" Kelly # 14 who now number 24 for UNC Tar Heels
Following my second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division I lacrosse finals and loss to Hopkins in 1985, I stopped playing lacrosse for a year. But after a year of coaching at the High School level I got the itch again. With encouragement with from my college coach John Desko, I returned to lacrosse playing for the first time in the Glastonbury, Connecticut Summer Lacrosse Tournament in 1986. The tournament featured some of the top Division I players from the Long Island, New Jersey, Hudson Valley, and New England regions. The competition was incredible and that’s what I thrive on—competition—I am the same way as an academic. This is where I became friends with Cornell and Calvert Hall alum Frank Kelly (Stephen's father). Frank was the first lacrosse player I met who like me made a decision during college to make the Lord Jesus Christ look good on and off the field with my life. Frank would go on to found the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Lacrosse Ministry http://www.fcalax.com/


Monday, September 5, 2016

Fred Opie talks with Ohio State Men’s Head Lacrosse Coach Nick Myers

Ohio State Men’s Head Lacrosse Coach Nick Myers, Photo courtesy of laxbuzz.wordpress.com
The Big Ten’s Nick Myers is starting his ninth season as head coach for the Ohio State men's lacrosse team in 2017. In the Summer of 2016, Myers guided Team USA to the gold medal at the FIL Under-19 World Championship. His brother Pat, an Ohio State alum, served as an assistant coach on the US team. Myers began his coaching career as the volunteer coach for the Buckeyes for two seasons under then head coach Joe Breschi. He had worked as an assistant coach at Butler before rejoining the Buckeye staff in 2006. Myers played lacrosse at Springfield College in Massachusetts.
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

How Is The Lacrosse Community Doing?

Members of the Hampton Unversity Lacrosse Team 
I have a new book coming out in January entitled Southern Food and Civil Rights (my day job is as a professor of history and foodways at Babson College) The book delves into movements for progressive change focusing on the 1920s through the 1960s and an afterword on Occupy Wall Street which occurred in 2011. I completed the book while the riot in Baltimore and the Black Lives Matter movement developed around the country. I also completed the book while Hampton University (an historical black college/university) began its first season fielding a NCAA Men's lacrosse team. In the following podcast I talk about the presence of African Americans in lacrosse since I played at Syracuse in the 1980s. [Listen Now 5min and 46sec] https://soundcloud.com/thestudytable/african-americans-in-lacrosse

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Race and Our Game: http://lacrossememoir.blogspot.com/search?q=race

Syracuse Lacrosse Stories: http://lacrossememoir.blogspot.com/search?q=%22Tom%22

Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership: [Watch Now] https://vimeo.com/63402974

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Monday, August 1, 2016

The Most Important Parts of The Game

Former NFL Kicker Matt Stoffer, Frank kelley, Fred Opie, Hank Janzyck at the annual FCA coaches breakfast held at US Lacrosse's Coaches Convention
About 1987 I participated in the first annual FCA Lacrosse Camp at Gettysburg College; we had about 8 players. At the camp I began a relationship with Gettysburg Men’s Lacrosse Coach Hank Janzyck (Coach J) and the late Peter Kohn. With Frank taking the lead and providing the vision, FCA lacrosse has mushroomed over the years into a dynamic ministry that is impacting the lacrosse world with huddles (bible studies), camps, teams in tournaments, retreats for college players, and coaches’ breakfasts at national conventions. All of this began when I met Frank at the Glastonbury Tournament in Connecticut. It was the start of a meaningful relationship with Frank Kelly that has lasted more than thirty years. My two children attend the FCA lacrosse camp at Gettysburg. The camp had more than 400 players in attendance.



Helping Boys Develop Friendships: [Listen 17 min: 51 sec] http://www.npr.org/2011/08/24/139912898/moms-helping-boys-form-deep-friendships

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fred Opie interviews Jeremy Sieverts

Photo Courtesy of the Denver Outlaws
Fred Opie talks food and sports with University of Maryland alumni Jeremy Sieverts and the training change that made him a starter and All-Star in Major League Lacrosse. A Maryland native, Sieverts plays for the Denver Outlaws.  His story of how he has risen in the ranks of professional lacrosse is inspiring. [Listen Now 26min 25sec] https://soundcloud.com/thestudytable/the-training-table-jeremy-sieverts


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Cortland State the Cradle of Lacrosse Coaches Series [Listen Now] https://soundcloud.com/search?q=Fred%20Opie%20Show%2C%20Cradle%20of%20Coaches

Jeremy Sieverts: http://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/jeremy-sieverts-signs-with-under-armour/30459

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hopkins Lacrosse Coach Janine Tucker on The Training Table

Coach Janine Tucker at a coaches clinic, Courtesy of Laxphotos.com John Strohsacker  
Our eating and exercise habits develop over a long period of time. On The training Table we interview athletes to find out what role one’s family, community, teammates, coaches, and individual quirks and superstitions have played in an athlete’s eating and exercise habits. Today we talk with John Hopkins Lacrosse Coach Janine Tucker 

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Professor Fred Opie Gives Student Athletes the Inside Scoop [Listen Now 21min 13sec] https://soundcloud.com/thestudytable/strategies-for-getting-great-grades

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Versatility Is Essential On and Off the Field

Jose Olivero 1975
I grew up watching José Oliverio in the goal at West Point where he received All-American honors in lacrosse and soccer. His versatility was amazing! This was during a period in West Point lacross history in which during his tenure, Army had consistently been a top five Division I program. I'm known as a guy who played all over the field and in part I gleaned that from José as a possibility. His coach, Hall of Famer Dick Edell, had Jose  face off for the Black Knights and then sub back into the goal after beating the other team's face-off specialist. In addition, as a product of Brentwood high school on Long Island, he was a great stopper closed the door on some great players like Hopkins' All American attackman Mike O'neil.  I remember the sign in the stands at Michie Stadium which said, "Only Jesus saves more than José," LOL. He ended his career as a second team All-American (first-team that year had been John Hopkins Hall of Fame goalie Mike Federico). José is still involved in the game today serving as a referee. He lives in northern Virginia.