In the shop today, I have STX pro and Team USA player Jake Bernhardt on our fourth episode of our second season of the Woodshop Series. If you guys are wondering if he’s as big as he looks, he’s absolutely massive. But, he’s incredibly personable, and out of all of my guests, I have to say he was the most inquisitive. Both Jake and I went to the World Games in Israel, and while he’s now in my wood shop, I do find it interesting that I never actually caught up with him while we were overseas. So, I’m thankful for another opportunity to meet him and give him an experience he’s never had before.
Justin Skaggs: So, you grew up in Florida, and now you live in Vermont. Was that like a vengeance-against-the-heat kind of thing?
Jake Bernhardt: A little bit of two different extremes, but uh… no, I mean, it was just a great opportunity that presented itself, and when I was trying to get back into college coaching, I jumped at the opportunity, and ever since I’ve been up there, I love it. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Burlington, but it’s a pretty sweet place.
JS: No, I got a trip planned in the next couple of months, and from what my friends say, it’s like…
JB: It’s awesome
JB: I really do like it up there. You just never know where the coaching profession is going to take you.
JS: Well, with the PLL, you don’t really need to be in a place. Cause there’s no place you can really be that’s gonna be geo-located to practice and whatnot, right?
JB: Yeah, I mean, 100%. It’s just… If I’m going to stay in college coaching, you just never know where it’s gonna take you, and you could be in a different spot every year, if you really wanted to, but we have a really good thing going at Vermont, and we’re gonna try to keep that thing going if we can, and we’re getting some good recruits, and again, Burlington is a really cool place, Troy has been there, and it has a lot to offer.
Jake gave us a few words on Dom Starsia’s recent move to the PLL and what that could mean for other college coaches such as himself.
JS: …One of the most legendary college coaches in the history game, Dom Starsia, is a coach for the PLL. So, that’s kind of cool. I mean, you’re a college coach. A college coach has just transitioned into a new league, I mean, that could be… you could literally do the same thing your entire life, which is what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to, like, just never have a second job.
JB: Yeah, I think that’s the hope for this new thing, you know, is taking it to a new level, where it can be full time for everyone involved, and Coach Starsia has obviously been involved with lacrosse for a very long time, and he’s making most of it, he’s trying to spread the game, and continue to do what he loves.