Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/15/12
This interview will is part of a series of exclusive interviews with players, coaches and executives from the National Lacrosse League’s Philadelphia Wings.
Growing up in Gwynedd Valley, Pa., Steve Holmes attended Germantown Academy, where he starred in both football and lacrosse. Holmes was recruited to play lacrosse and football at the University of Virginia until deciding to play lacrosse full time for the Cavaliers.
Holmes was Team Captain of the men’s lacrosse team at the University of Virginia, where he played in two NCAA final fours and was the team Defensive MVP in 2005. After college, he was drafted by the San Jose Stealth of the NLL and is currently in his first full season with the Wings.
Q: What skills can outdoor lacrosse players better develop by participating in box lacrosse?
Holmes: “As a defenseman, I choke up on my stick a lot more in outdoor both carrying the ball and battling for ground balls. I feel more comfortable with the ball in my stick after playing box.”
Q: What advice would you give to college juniors and seniors to make themselves more attractive to college recruiters / coaches?
Holmes: “Be a leader on and off the field. Coaches want great players but also great people that will strengthen the integrity of their program.”
Q: What was the best moment of your collegiate career?
Holmes: “Being on the starting defense as a freshman in the final four game against Syracuse. That was my first ‘wow’ moment.”
College Major: Foreign Affairs
Current Residence: Charlottesville, VA
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Bear Grylls
Pregame Ritual: Nap, meal, visualize the game
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