Friday, October 7, 2016

Kyle Harrison on the Training Table

Kyle Harrison right in his home Hopkins white jersey, Courtesy of JHU
Kyle Harrison displaying his grilling skills, Courtesy of Kyle Harrison 
This week on the podcast host Fred Opie interviews John Hopkins All-American lacrosse player Kyle Harrison.  He talks about what it takes to be a great player, becoming a father, the next US team tryouts, getting ready for the season, changing his eating habits as he gets older, and how much sleep he needs. The interview is part of the series training table which looks at players, fitness, and food. Listen to Hopkins lacrosse stories and at the end professor Opie’s tips for being a better student.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Why Not Let Your Passion Pay You?

Team USA Exhibition, Homewood Filed John Hopkins University, Baltimore 1990, That’s Mike Waldvogel to the left, me # 7,  #22 Sal LoCascio (UMass) and Paul Smoller (Cornell), to the right
When I look back over my playing career, I realize that the time and money I invested in lacrosse provides clear evidence that it represented my passion. There are guys who quit playing after college but I could only stay away from the game for a year and its still a part of my life today as a volunteer coach, advocate of the game and tweeners or get overlooked in today's recruiting process, and a blogger.  I always ask my students on the first day of class: what do want to do for a living five years from now? 65% of the undergrads I ask say they don't know. I ask, what is your passion? Where do you spend your time and money when you are relaxing? That’s how you know your passion. I tell people, if it’s legal and moral, why not make it your career? Why not do research papers in my history course on learning more about the history of your passion and career endeavor? I would argue that if you work hard, treat people the way you want to be treated, and stay networked, you can make a living in some shape or form through you passion for lacrosse. 

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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

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
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]

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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.

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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]

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