Xcelerate Lacrosse Tip: Getting To Know Kim Russell, Xcelerate Lacrosse Camp Director
Kim Russell has a wealth of experience having been a collegiate player at Division I William & Mary, and she enters her fifth season as the head coach of the Baldwin Wallace University women's lacrosse team in 2017.
How many years have you been coaching lacrosse?
20+ years! Fun fact: I have started programs at the high school, youth, middle school & DIII college level! I currently coach DIII women’s lacrosse at Baldwin Wallace University where we host the Nike Xcelerate camp for girls from July 24th-27th.
What is your favorite camp drill / activity?
I love coaching the girls to move to music to help with their cradling, faking & dodging. I also love “queen of the field” ground ball wars, yoga in the Metroparks & the talent show & karaoke that have become traditions!
What do you find most rewarding about being a coach?
Watching my players develop - in every aspect of life! The realization that some of the biggest difficulties they will encounter (on the field & off) will be the stepping stones to growth.
What is one of your favorite memories of being a coach?
I have so many. Most recently, it would have to be this entire season. Watching the change in my team after a tough loss. How that loss pushed them to WANT to work harder, to be better as a team and as individuals, and to support each other in every way!
What is your most memorable experience playing the sport?
I played at the DI level in college at William & Mary. My senior year we won our conference championship & then went on to win the ECAC championship by beating Dartmouth. The win against Dartmouth & the comradery between our team & Dartmouth’s after the game was something I will never forget.
What is your favorite sport outside of lacrosse and how do you think knowledge / skills in that sport translate to lacrosse?
This is a tough one. I love playing just about any sport. I would say that I learn from watching many other sports, as well as learning about movement & holistic health. I am a certified yoga, Stand Up Paddle, Zumba & Chakra Dance instructor – so I take little bits from all different areas to add to coaching lacrosse. The importance of attitude, mental imagery, sleep, nutrition and trust/faith/belief in yourself & your team are aspects of coaching that are often overlooked.
What do you believe are the most important characteristics to improvement?
BELIEF IN YOURSELF – EVRYONE CAN IMPROVE!
What do you think is the most under appreciated skill / ability in the sport of lacrosse?
BODY & FIELD AWARENESS!
What is your go-to Nike apparel / equipment?
Dri-fit tank top & shorts!!
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