By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/6/15
Dan Layfield has been named the head boys’ lacrosse coach at Wissahickon.
Layfield, an Upstate New York native who played at Drexel and coaches club lacrosse for HEADstrong, served as an assistant at Wissahickon the past three years. He also has coached for the Bandits and Uprising.
Layfield answered the following questions:
What is your general philosophy on coaching?
Layfield: “Hard Work can make up for almost anything. Getting in the weightroom, leading in sprints, getting more time on the wall or with a buddy, even down to learning how to string your own stick; if you work at it you can perfect your game from top to bottom. I also try to get our guys to watch people who are better than them, whether that’s at college games or at the ‘lacrosse film room’ channel on youtube. Watching and then trying those things, finding what they are good at, and doing those things to perfection. I always heard growing up with the game that “Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect”. I hear from a lot of kids these days lacking stick skills that say they are on the wall all the time.
What are your short-term goals for the program?
Layfield: “I want to beat Upper Dublin and win the conference title, which is going to be tough because they have some good players and some good coaches. On top of that, I want to build on the success of the past two years and put our players and our team in a position to be successful during the season and into the postseason.”
What are your long-term goals for the program?
Layfield: “Firstly, I’d like to continue to develop our ‘Wisslax’ youth program. We have a tremendous amount of talent and I’d like to continue to provide the opportunity for our area youth to play and learn. Also, I’d like to retain all those kids through the ranks at Wiss.”
“Secondly, I’d like to be a repeat play-off contender. We lost to Bishop Shanahan in a lopsided contest last May, and I want to compete with those types of teams, not just have the honor of stepping on the field against them. Before that game we had our first home play-off win ever against Great Valley. We are going to build on that and expect to be in a better position at the end of this year.”
What coaches have helped you as mentors/role models?
Layfield: “Jeff McKee and Rick Pound were two of the most powerful influences on my work ethic and character from the tender age of 13 (7th grade) until my senior year of high school. They started the entire program with my class at Honeoye Falls-Lima (a small town in upstate NY). We had our first JV team during my freshman year, and the first Varsity squad my sophomore. Even though we were young we made it to a State Play-off semi final game my junior year. (Unfortunately I tore my ACL early that year or I think we would’ve gone further). I couldn’t thank them enough, and without them I wouldn’t be here.
“Chris Bates was a great coach for Drexel. He moved on to Princeton during the middle of my tenure at Drexel, but he always got the most of his players and taught me some of the finer points of the game and helped my stay on track through college. He along with his coaching staff always had us in a position to win. The CAA was a very tough league and I’m glad I got play for him before he took over for Bill Tierney at Princeton.”