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Virginia Wesleyan College

Men's D3
Coach: J.P. Stewart
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Size
1,501 Undergrads / 1,501 Students
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Cost
$23,652 Net Price*
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Selectivity
89% Admitted
Team Conference
Old Dominion (ODAC)
College Type
4-year, Private non-profit
Campus Type
City: Large
Student Body

Undergrad Breakdown

Gender
Geography
Enrollment
Ethnicity
Student-to-faculty Ratio

13 to 1

Return For Sophomore Year

66%

Overall Graduation Rate

48%

Graduate On Time / in 6 Years

42% / 48%

Calendar System

Four-one-four plan

Religious Affiliation

United Methodist

Housing

On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.
Coach Recruiting Interview

Not from a lacrosse hotbed? No worries, because college coaches like J.P. Stewart of Virginia Wesleyan look for commitment, athleticism and a hard work ethic above everything else. Coach Stewart believes players will find the best fit programs by asking coaches directly about their coaching styles. Understanding the expectations of a program are crucial because so many college lacrosse programs are unique in their own ways. Finally, Coach Stewart thinks accelerated recruiting is having a greater affect on players’ approaches to recruiting rather than on his program’s own approach.

With the 2014 season in the books, Head Men’s lacrosse coach J.P. Stewart completes his 12th season at Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC). Coach Stewart’s 92-91 overall record is the most wins by any VWC head men’s lacrosse coach. 2014 marks the Marlins’ fifth straight winning season. Coach Stewart was selected to coach the South in the USILA North-South All-Star game this past Memorial Day weekend. In addition, Coach Stewart’s 2014 offense boasted two All Americans that were also national leaders in points scored per game.

Coach Stewart is a 1995 graduate of Hampen and Sydney College where he helped the Tigers to an NCAA tournament berth in his senior year. He has had coaching stints at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Colorado College.

What advice do you have for players interested in playing DIII lacrosse?

The dynamics are different at each school. Coaches have different expectations for their players. Also, coaches tend to have their own brand or style so they will approach the game in different ways. In DIII, time spent working out and playing in the offseason will vary between programs. So, recruits should think about what they need out of a program. On the flip side, they should consider what the program needs out of them.

What’s the best way to get on your recruiting radar? Anything recruits should not do?

Each college coach has a different way of recruiting. It’s important to figure out what certain coaches respond to. Definitely do not send 20 or 30 coaches the same blanket email. I generally overlook those.

Ideally a recruit will send me a brief email, “Hey Coach Stewart, great season. I really enjoy your run-and-gun style offense. It fits my style of play…” Then they will include some basic info about themselves and a YouTube link to their highlight tape.

Make the email very direct and attach a link I can click on while walking down the street with my family. In fact, I discovered a recruit this morning doing just that. They sent me a nice, clean link to a highlight tape, I liked it and now we will be in touch throughout the summer.

What’s a question you wished players asked you more during the recruiting process?

I really like when kids ask about specific aspects relating to the school like academic programs, location or cost. It shows they are thinking not just about lacrosse but also about the school and community itself.

I think it’s great when kids ask questions directly about a coach’s coaching style. Good starters are, “what’s your style of play?” or “how do you guys train, practice and work out in the off season?” It’s important to know what a coach is doing with his guys and it’s really important to understand the lacrosse side of things. Why would a kid who doesn’t like playing run-and-gun offense in high school play for a college team that also runs a similar style offense?

What type of player do you typically look for–raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?

I get this question a lot. The easiest answer I can give is that I just need a player that can play. I don’t care where a kid is from. I don’t look at zip codes. I just want someone who is sold on the program. All I ask is that a player buys into the program and buys into being a good person off the field. DIII doesn’t get a ton of perks like some top DI programs, and they don’t even get that much either. It’s all about how much better a player wants to get and how hard they are willing to compete. That being said, I would take athleticism over skill most often.

What’s special about being a student-athlete at Virginia Wesleyan?

We talk about getting the whole package here. Lacrosse is really the fifth part of that package. You’re also getting a good education coupled with great internship opportunities. Then you consider the location of the school, Virginia Beach offers a good outlet for the kids with beaches and the water nearby. We talk about the size of the school a lot. It means different things for different guys, but generally a smaller atmosphere means more visibility on campus and stronger relationships between faculty and students. The cost of the school is attractive to most recruits as well.

How has the accelerated recruiting process impacted your approach to recruiting?

The accelerated process doesn’t change our approach, but I think it definitely changes the kid’s approach to recruiting. There’s a trickle down effect. When kids hear about their friends making early commitments they sometimes look to jump on an early opportunity too.

Great, thanks Coach Stewart. Any final thoughts?

Players interested in pursuing college lacrosse should go in eyes wide open. As a player, really try to figure out what you’re getting yourself into. Do I have a spot on the team or will I need to earn a spot? There’s a lot of competition and a lot of kids that want to play. There are also a lot of schools with programs so be sure to do your homework.

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Team Road Trips

Most games are played in Virginia and North Carolina. The team also travels to Pennsylvania.

Recruit Commits
2017
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Brady Morrison Osbourn Park Manassas, VA Att
Braden Knight Cedar Park Cedar Park, TX Def
Andrew Welsh West Forsyth Syosset, NY Def, LSM
Andrew Patterson North Hagerstown Hagerstown, MD Mid
Tyler Jeu Urbana Ijamsville, MD Mid, Faceoff
Dom Hafner Loudoun County Leesburg, VA Def, LSM
 
2016
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Peter Langan Dominion High School Sterling, VA Att
Michael Reeder Northern Owings, MD Goal
Anthony Scarpola Archbishop Curley Baltimore, MD Att
Matt Roush Peachtree Ridge Suwanee, GA Mid
Andrew Johson Landstown Virginia Beach, VA Mid, Att
Nick Frampton Mountain view High School Stafford, VA Att, Mid
 
2015
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Philip Venanzi C Milton Wright Bel Air, MD Goal
Bradley Lill Easton Easton, MD Mid
Evan Klipple Loudoun Valley Purcellville, VA Mid
Shane Silk Susquehannock Shrewsbury, PA Goal
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions
 
Events By Virginia Wesleyan College Coaches

Marlins Boys Summer Camp II

"Expect some great things for all skill levels and most importantly you can expect to have some fun. You'll find out all the details of each camp below including age requirements and costs. Remember that we'll be giving away lots free swag and t-shirts during our camps so go on get yourself booked up!"
Jun 20, 2017
Norfolk, VA
Men, 13 - 18

Marlins Girls Summer Camp II

"Expect some great things for all skill levels and most importantly you can expect to have some fun. You'll find out all the details of each camp below including age requirements and costs. Remember that we'll be giving away lots free swag and t-shirts during our camps so go on get yourself booked up!"
Jun 20, 2017
Norfolk, VA
Women, 13 - 18

Marlins Boys Summer Camp I

"Expect some great things for all skill levels and most importantly you can expect to have some fun. You'll find out all the details of each camp below including age requirements and costs. Remember that we'll be giving away lots free swag and t-shirts during our camps so go on get yourself booked up!"
Jun 18, 2017
Norfolk, VA
Men, 13 - 18

Marlins Girls Summer Camp I

"Expect some great things for all skill levels and most importantly you can expect to have some fun. You'll find out all the details of each camp below including age requirements and costs. Remember that we'll be giving away lots free swag and t-shirts during our camps so go on get yourself booked up!"
Jun 18, 2017
Norfolk, VA
Women, 13 - 18
Location
1584 Wesleyan Dr
Norfolk, VA, 23502
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Academics

Test Scores

SAT
Critical Reading
440 - 550
Math
430 - 550
Writing
425 - 530
Total
1330 - 1650
ACT
English
18 - 24
Math
16 - 25
Writing
N/A
Composite
18 - 25

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile for the old SAT (2400). The equivalent new SAT (1600) range is: 980-1190.

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Admissions

 
Total
Male
Female
Applicants 2,072 767 1,305
% Admitted 89% 87% 90%
% Admits That Enroll 22% 21% 23%

Admission Considerations

 
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High School GPA
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College Prep Classes
Recommendations
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Admission Test Scores
Other Tests (Wonderlic, etc.)
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Majors / Programs

Here are the Bachelor degrees offered by popularity.

Business (20%)
Social Sciences (11%)
Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies (10%)
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement (8%)
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (7%)
Education (7%)
Psychology (7%)
Interdisciplinary Studies (7%)
Communication & Journalism (6%)
History (4%)
Visual & Performing Arts (3%)
English Language & Literature (3%)
Public Admin. & Social Services (2%)
Mathematics & Statistics (1%)
Natural Resources & Conservation (1%)
Philosophy & Religious Studies (1%)
Physical Sciences (1%)
Foreign Languages (1%)
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies
 
Financial

Net Price

Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.

$23,652

Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

Net price for all students (private non-profit and for profit institutions).

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Sticker Price

Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

 
Undergraduate
 
On Campus
Tuition & Fees$33,286
Books & Supplies$1,500
Cost of Living$8,594
Personal Expenses$3,200
 
Sticker Price$46,580
Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

Financial Aid

100% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.
 
% Receiving Aid
Avg. Aid Amount
Grant or Scholarship
Federal Grants42%$4,134
Pell Grants42%$4,058
Other Federal3%$965
State & Local Grants69%$2,873
Institutional Grants99%$15,320
 
Student Loan Aid
Federal Loans77%$5,844
Other Loans13%$11,415
 
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All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

 
 
Total
Per Student
Endowment
Financial Assets $57.7 Million $38,450
Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.
 
3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 11.0%
 
Events Attending
Trackable Events

East Coast Fall Team Invitational

Nov 19 '17
VA: McLean

Diamond Fall Team Invitational

Nov 19 '17
MD: Baltimore

UPLAX Fall Shootout II

Nov 18-19 '17
MD: Millersville

Diamond Fall Showcase

Nov 18 '17
MD: Baltimore

Big12 Fall Invitational

Nov 12 '17
MD: Columbia

UPLAX Fall Shootout I

Nov 11-12 '17
MD: Millersville

Autumn Gold Showcase II

Nov 11-12 '17
MD: Lutherville

FLG in 3D Fall Shootout Showcase

Nov 10 '17
DE: Milford

Brine Fall Ball II Tourny (Sunday)

Nov 5 '17
MD: Brooklandville

Fall Rumble in Richmond

Nov 4-5 '17
VA: Midlothian
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Campus Safety
 
On Campus
In Residence Halls
Criminal Offenses
Murder - -
Negligent Manslaughter - -
Rape 5 5
Fondling 1 1
Incest - -
Statutory Rape - -
Robbery - -
Aggravated Assault 1 1
Burglary - -
Motor Vehicle Theft - -
Arson - -

In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.

Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

 
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