Let’s call a spade a spade here, College of Idaho hasn’t been the most prestigious program in the lacrosse world over the past several years, but that hasn’t stopped them from being as stubborn as an old mule and never giving up. I remember playing C of I my junior year, and even in the waning minutes of the game, you wouldn’t have been able to tell that the Yotes were down by more than a couple goals. For being a small MCLA D2 squad, this is key to maintaining your program and creating a foundation for success moving forward.
A few things would change for the Yotes after that season, they would get a new head coach and would begin to rebuild for the future.
Now going into his fourth year as Head Coach with the program, Matt Gier has remained a very constant figure at the helm of the program. While they may not have the best record to show for their efforts, there has certainly been moments of brilliance in the program’s past few seasons.
College of Idaho has been progressively improving each season- making the PNCLL playoffs in 2010, running lacrosse camps for local youth throughout the summers and now in 2013, making big improvements for the team, both on and off the field.
On the Field
The Yotes are looking for the phrase, look good, feel good, play good to help this season with some fresh new uniforms and apparel thanks to Nike Lacrosse.
Off the Field
It takes more than just on-field talent for a program to be completely successful. College of Idaho recently earned the 2012 James “Ace” Adams Award, only one of 11 total programs nationwide to receive the award. This is a huge honor for the Yotes, as it is given out to the best lacrosse programs among NCAA Division 1, 2, and 3, as well as MCLA Division 1 and 2 teams. Some of the other recipients of the award were Maryland, Lehigh, and Mercyhurst. Congrats Yotes! Check out the full press release below.
PERRY, N.Y. – The College of Idaho lacrosse team was honored today as the 2012 District 11 recipient of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association James “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award.
The Yotes were one of 11 programs to receive the award – one for each district nationally, encompassing teams from the NCAA Division I, II, II and MCLA Division I and II. Other teams that received the award this season include Maryland, Lehigh, and Mercyhurst.
The James “Ace” Adams Award honors the lacrosse program that best embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and creates a model game environment. The award is voted on by active collegiate lacrosse officials, and is awarded through the Collegiate Officials Committee via U.S. Lacrosse Men’s Division Collegiate Officials Committee. The award is named in honor of James “Ace” Adams, a National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member who served as head coach at both Army and Virginia. Adams was not only renowned for his positive sideline demeanor but also for the exceptional strength of character that was exhibited by his teams. The James “Ace” Adams Award recognizes a program’s coaching staff, team, administration and fans for their displays of sportsmanship and for creating a quality environment for the game of lacrosse. The selection was based upon Hartford’s sportsmanship of the coaching staff, team, administration and fans, in addition to facilities available to the officials and treatment of the officials prior to, during and after games.
Good luck this season Yotes, time to get it done!