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Lellie Swords
Cincinnati, OH
Women's Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach
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1.6
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1.4
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1.6
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1.5
Individual Focus
1.4
Team Building
1.5
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1.4
Competition
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01-11-13
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When I signed my letter of intent to become a Bearcat and play lacrosse for the University of Cincinnati, I couldn't have been more excited. I had so many ideas of what my colliegate experience would be like- I'd get to become best friends with all of my new teammates, I'd compete with the best teams in the country, I'd play a major part of starting an unstoppable program. My first time stepping onto Nippert, I got butterflies, and I can't even begin to describe how I felt about my new venture. After four years of playing for this program, however, I have a new found disgust for the coaching, training, and administrative staff of this team/university. I no longer want anything to do with this sport that I once loved so much, and I single handedly attribute that to the "wonderful" Lellie Swords. In regards to previous comments, I agree with Mackenzie: D1 athletics are diffulcult. If you're a parent complaining about playing time, or if you're a player whining about the unfair treatment in regards to the game- guess what, it's called practice and a collegiate sport; only the best players play- DUH. We aren't in middle school anymore, and unfortuantely some of our players just don't make the cut. Lellie Swords, however, puts on a fake cherade. She promised us on our officals to be our second mother, to have our best interests at heart, and to be our biggest supporter. Instead, as a player, and a starter mind you, I was belitted on a daily basis. I was treated like a child, and was never rewarded the praise or respect I deserved and earned. I can't even describe the disgust I have when looking back on my college career. I walk past Nippert and gone are those feelings of excitment. I see the C paw, and I want to burn every piece of apparall I was ever given while as an athlete for the university. UC let down their student athletes when not interferring with the coaching abuse Lellie Swords put her players through. I will never give a dime back to this program because of Lellie, and feel sorry for any future athlete that ever crosses her path.
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05-10-12
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To call the people who posted on this website cowards does not come remotely close to doing it justice. If you feel as strong and passionate about your thoughts that you have posted why not have the decency to put your name at the end of it? I hope that these comments have made make you feel better about yourself as a person, parent, player, or just spectator of this program. After being a part of this program for four years, going through thick and thin with it, I have never been so applaud by the actions of some of you. You sit at your computer with the safety blanket of posting accusations anonymously about this woman, or sending in letters attacking her character, her life and her career. I�ve noticed that very few of you have mentioned our record, which in retrospect is what truly reflects YOUR DAUGHTERS PERFORMACE, myself included. At the end of the day Lellie is not the one on the field losing the draw, missing the ground ball, getting beat 1v1, or missing the save. You place so much responsibility for the �disappointment� of this program on her shoulders, because her name is on it. Why not look at your daughters and ask them what they can do to improve themselves? Do I always agree with what Lellie says, does, or the way she acts? Absolutely not. But she is a grown woman, and my superior, she GAVE ME the opportunity to play lacrosse at the D1 level, when many other places would not have taken the chance on me. So who am I to question her choices? Many of you have posted about her inconsistency with players playing time, which yes I agree varies from game to game, but different teams strengths require different personnel from our team to match up with. As far as her �screaming down the girls� or yelling at us- what do you expect, WE�RE PLAYING A DIVISION 1 SPORT. Grow some thicker skin or get out, cause if as an athlete you can�t take being yelled at or corrected than you have no business playing at this level. Do you think Mick Cronin or Butch Jones have parents writing letters to the school about them yelling at their sons or cursing and saying ****? **** NO. You say that she should �try coaching� and give positive feedback, but coaching isn�t always about positive feedback, in order to coach you need your players to make mistakes in order to be corrected. She�s not here to baby us and consistently praise us. And quite frankly we have not shown this sport that we deserve much praise. As for the person who posted about ***istants resigning- do you know Pabis, Lo, and Finch well enough to speak for them? Have any of them personally told you that they left UC because of Lellie�s �inability to coach�? Because to my knowledge Lo went out to San Diego to get more experience because one day she aspires to be a head coach, Pabis got married and moved to be closer to her husband, and Finch�s dream job had ALWAYS been at Ohio State (you know how those die hard OSU fans are). The final point I want to make is this� If this was your daughters boss, would you write letters like this to them? Don�t kid yourself, we both know you wouldn�t. It�s completely inappropriate, and absurd, not to mention would result in your daughter losing her job. The fact that Lellie had to deal with these accusations and still put it behind her when it came time for her to coach speaks volumes about her character. -MacKenzie Parsons
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04-23-12
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A very loyal, but very discouraged and disheartened UC Women�s Lacrosse Team fan would like to express concern for the lack of team progress, the noticeably limited development of the team players and the lack of building or promotion of the �wonderful world of lacrosse� within the Cincinnati tri-state area. Enthusiastically, following the UC program from its inception, the UC Women�s Lacrosse program has been a huge disappointment. If you want your youth teams to learn effective lax strategies to play good lacrosse and/or want to motivate or promote exciting lacrosse teams to your youth programs, you will see much better lacrosse strategies and game development demonstrated at the local area high schools within the Cincinnati area, or if you want to see better examples of college lacrosse it would be better to plan a road trip to Louisville to catch a D1, Big East Conference game or travel north to The Ohio State University. Maybe someday the University of Cincinnati athletic director will take women�s lacrosse more seriously and realize that it was a mistake to give the job to his college girl friend. As a very loyal advocate, but a very discouraged and disheartened UC Women�s Lacrosse Team fan, I would sadly like to express my concerns for the lack of team progress, the noticeably limited skills and confidence building developments of the team players, the continued use of poor to nonexistent collegiate level game strategies as well as the missing link to build or promote a positive, �wonderful world of girls lacrosse� paradigm within the Cincinnati tri-state area. Enthusiastically supporting and following the UC program from its inception, I have finally had to question my support and give in to agree with the other reputable Cincinnati lacrosse enthusiasts saying that the UC Women�s Lacrosse program has been a huge disappointment and that the head coach is failing to build an effective program. Many UC home games have resulted with avid women lacrosse supporters shaking their heads in disgust and looking bewildered as they try to process what they had just witnessed in a supposedly Division 1 contest. I have joined reality, finally accepted the facts and allowed the stats to speak for themselves! I have been forced to painstakingly put my optimism aside and throw in the towel to no longer agonizingly support nor defend the head coach and her questionable decisions. I should have recognized her inadequacies when all of her reputable assistant coaches left her program and the fact that she has not been able to sustain a consistent nor experienced coaching staff. The overwhelming fact that one of UC�s most recent assistant coaches resigned to take on a new program in San Diego, California speaks volumes of the UC program�s shortcomings. It is extremely difficult to dismiss or overlook the fact that in the first year of San Diego�s program, led by UC�s previous assistant coach, succeeded to unexpectedly defeat UC in the first competition between the two teams. Many questions arose when a successful, state champion, Cincinnati high school offensive lacrosse player, whom the UC head coach refused the opportunity to play in an offensive position and limited her regular season playing time throughout her junior and senior years, came off the bench to score 3 quick goals during her senior game of her senior year. The only reason the player did not score more than 3 goals was because she was carted off the field with a severe knee injury. This is not a fluke and cannot be dismissed as one. I wonder how many games could have been more competitive last year if this player had not been mismanaged nor her abilities been suppressed. Gathering the facts and after personally hearing the coach on multiple occasions discourage young women, her players as well as possible recruits, from pursuing challenging fields of study instead of supporting their educational endeavors while playing a college level sport was discerning. These particular facts and select reasons chosen from many, pressure me to inform the public especially Cincinnati area youth lacrosse organizations to avoid supporting the failing D1 UC collegiate lacrosse program. It is highly recommended to take your instructional youth lacrosse programs and their accompanying enthusiasts elsewhere to observe examples of �good lacrosse� play, to learn more effective lax strategies or to motivate or promote exciting lacrosse team play. We are blessed in the Cincinnati area to have a state champion high school team where lacrosse developers and learners are afforded opportunities to see much better lacrosse strategies and/or game development demonstrations than offered by UC. Local area high schools within the Cincinnati area, such as Sycamore, Summit Country Day or Mariemont schools offer �good lacrosse� examples. We are very fortunate to have access to other college lacrosse programs to learn from, but they involve a road trip to Louisville, KY to catch a D1, Big East Conference game or travel north to The Ohio State University. Maybe someday the University of Cincinnati athletic director will take women�s lacrosse more seriously and realize that it takes more effort to build a successful program than to offer and give the coaching job to his college girl friend. I look forward to the day that UC supports a successful women's lacrosse program and makes the desperately needed improvements to do so!
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04-05-12
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I came to UC because I was excited about playing for top sports college. My experience was less, much less than ideal. I never knew where I stood in terms of playing. If I questioned anything, my playing time was immediately cut. I would play pretty much the whole game in 3 matches and then when I asked about some situation, I was on the bench for the next 3 games. I never knew what I was doing right or wrong, so could never make any adjustment to correct. It was a very up and down experience. It was very hard to maintain a positive attitude. I believe there was a lot of favoritism and pandering to certain players AND parents. It's a shame that UC should have a sports program that puts such a negative light on the university considering its storied history in sports. I realize that lacrosse is not as revered as football or basketball or some of the other better supported sports, but if the university is going to fund lacrosse and try to compete in a national arena, they should make sure that the coaching is competent so that playing for UC is a positive experience and not one that just drags you down. Sports is just one part of the college experience, but it shouldn't be the most negative part of attending UC. I entered the program excited about playing lacrosse and left feeling beaten down and dispirited about the sport. I had hoped to coach lacrosse at the high school level, but I have such a negative outlook about the sport from my experience at UC that I am not sure that I want to coach young people. Sports at any level should be a positive learning experience, a teamwork-building, and a character-improvement process. I certainly could not say that my experience playing UC lacrosse in any way came close to meeting any of these expectations. I was lucky in that I did not let my negative sports experience affect the other wonderful opportunities that UC has to offer. I had a good academic and social life -- too bad it had to be ruined by a horribly inadequte lacrosse program.
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11-15-11
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07-06-11
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07-05-11
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06-29-11
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06-22-11
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06-19-11
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06-18-11
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06-18-11
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