March 23, 2010
Rome, Ga. - There are several crucial steps a head coach must take when starting a new program at an institution soaked in rich, athletic tradition.
Getting the necessary logistics in order - budget, equipment, community and campus support - is considered a prime objective, but the eventual heart and soul of the program is always its players, and Shorter College head men's lacrosse coach Nathan Young has gotten off to an excellent start in the recruitment of his initial class.
Recently, the Hawks welcomed its first four signees to the brand new program, beginning the foundation of what many around the program believe to be an excellent start to another successful Shorter program.
Headlining the group is 6-foot, 195-pound Cody Posavec out of Fayetteville, Ga., and Whitewater High School. Posavec and his family made the trek to Rome for an official signing, and the promising defender acknowledges that he is ready for and welcoming of the challenge of helping build a new program.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to attend Shorter College and play lacrosse for a great school," said Posavec. "Since I started playing lacrosse, it has been one of my dreams to be able to keep playing on the next level. I would like to thank Coach Young for giving me this opportunity to be a part of a historical event and I am looking forward to our first season next year.
"I feel that the lacrosse program is headed off to a great start."
"Cody brings good size and speed to our defense," said Young, who has hit the recruiting trail hard since arriving at Shorter with the hopes of bringing in a roster of around 30 athletes. "We will certainly utilize Cody's physical tools and ability to exploit opposing teams."
Also serving as members of the inaugural foursome are a pair of Georgia products and a Florida native.
Ryan Hurst, a 6-foot, 195-pound midfielder who also hails from Fayetteville and Whitewater High, joins Blair Smith, a 5-11, 165-pound midfielder from McEachern High in Powder Springs, Ga., to give the Hawks two Peach State bred athletes in the middle of the field.
"Ryan will be a very good two-way middie for us," said Young. "He has good speed and is tenacious on defense - both qualities we are looking for in the midfield. Blair comes to us from a great program that knows how to work hard and never give up. He will be expected to bring that kind of toughness to our program to help us be successful."
Oviedo, Fla., native Eric Joly is sure to be an imposing figure on the Hawk defense. Joly, who will graduate from Hagerty High School, stands 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds and could develop into a valuable commodity for the Hawks early on.
"Eric will be one of the anchors in our defense," Young said. "We will use his speed and stick skill to start our counterattack and create scoring opportunities."
Young is confident that these four additions will provide healthy contributions, but also looks forward to the journey ahead of filling out his first roster.
"These are our first four guys, but it is only the beginning and a sign of what is to come," said Young. "I am excited to continue building this team and putting a quality product out on Ben Brady Field next spring."