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Rick Sowell, Navy HC: GameChanger Podcast

Today on the show we have Navy Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach, Rick Sowell.

Coach Sowell is graduate of Washington College, where he was a two-time All-American and National Midfielder of the Year. During his time there he won two NCAA national championships. He started off his coaching career at Washington College as assistant for the 1986 national championship team. Sowell then moved on to become an assistant coach at Georgetown before taking the head coach job at Dartmouth University. His final season at Dartmouth, Coach Sowell’s team won their first Ivy League championship since 1965. He then moved on to restart the lacrosse program at St. John’s University. After St. John’s Sowell took over as head coach at Stony Brook, where he was named America East Coach of the Year for his final two seasons. He then took over as head coach at the Naval Academy.

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Coach Sowell is now on his seventh season as head coach at the Naval Academy. He’s helped guide the Midshipmen back into the NCAA spotlight with their eighth Patriot League title in 2018.

Coach and I got a chance to talk about a lot of different things like connecting with players, learning different coaching styles, one of his models for tough decisions, injecting fun into practices and much more.

Listen to the podcast below.

Rick Sowell: GameChanger

About the Host

Joe Yevoli (@joeyevoli) is an Entrepreneur and former Professional Lacrosse Player in the MLL.

Joe’s a graduate of the University of Virginia, and Syracuse University. He’s a two time All-American, 2002 ACC Rookie of the Year, and a member of the 2003 Virginia National Championship team.

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