Florida Southern College

Men's D2 Coach: Marty Ward
Profile
Size
4 / 10
2,615 Undergrads / 3,055 Students
Cost
8 / 10
$24,888 Net Price
Selectivity
8 / 10
51% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Sunshine State (SSC)

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    City: Medium

Student Body
Gender
  • Male
  • Female
Enrollment
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
Geography
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
Ethnicity
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
15 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
80%
Overall Graduation Rate
63%
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
57% / 63%
Calendar System
Semester
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
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

Stickwork. Stickwork. Stickwork. Basic stick skills and ball control are the most important components of lacrosse. No matter how many different schools you are interested in, lacrosse is played the same everywhere and all coaches will look for players who demonstrate excellent stick skills. Therefore it is crucial to practice as frequently as possible and always work hard to improve your fundamentals.

Martin Ward, head coach of Florida Southern College (FSC) reinforced this importance when discussing what he looks for in players on the recruiting trail. Ward has led FSC for four seasons, just closing out an incredibly successful 2014 season with a final record of 11-4.

Ward is an accomplished coach, having been awarded co-Deep South Conference Coach of The Year in 2011, and vastly improving the men’s lacrosse program at FSC over his tenure.

What advice do you have for players interested in playing D2 lacrosse?

Figuring out where some of the coaches are going to be event-wise, expressing enough interest in the coaches program. When personally messaging the coach, we get those blanket emails and sometimes its dear coach, this and that, this and that, it’s just a blanket email to 150 coaches. Put something personal into the email about the school. Do a little bit of research and find a school that fits your size school, and find the athletic program that fits your skill zone as well, it will definitely help. Get in front of the coaches.

What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

Express strong interest in and knowledge of our program. That’s the best way to get on our radar. We seem to have a lot of success with guys that express interest in us not only our team as a lacrosse team, but also as an academic institution as well. Guys that want to be in Florida, they want to go to a smaller school, not a huge party school. Just a more low-key type, laid back atmosphere. We want the guys that want to be here, so we like the guys that are clearly expressing interest in Florida Southern. We will follow up with the homework and phone calls to find out if they would be a good fit for us.

What areas of player development would you recommend players to focus on?

Stickwork. Stickwork. Stickwork. 100%. Work on shooting, practicing ground balls. If you don’t have a good stick we’re not going to call you, it’s just the way it is. Athletes only get you so far. You need to have guys that can control the tempo of the game with their stick, that’s what the name of the game is. Stickwork is the biggest thing for us. When we’re talking to young high school kids and middle school kids, they need to be working the stick everyday. We prefer multi-sport athletes; playing a different sport in high school will help you in lacrosse.

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

It depends on the position. For refined lacrosse players, a lot of times you find those guys on the attack or midfield positions, and they are skilled positions. Faceoff is definitely a refined position nowadays. Back in the day you could throw a football player in there and have him scruff for the ground ball, now it’s more technical. But defensively we could have a little more of a raw athlete. In the goal they could be a little bit more raw, more athletic, someone who is explosive to the ball. So offensive players more refined and then defensively we could have a little bit more of a raw athlete.

What is special about being a student-athlete at FSC?

Something that is special about being in our department as a student-athlete is the tradition of championships. We’ve won seven national championships at the Division II level, that’s not including individual championships for certain sports, that’s all team championships. There’s just a rich tradition of winning at Florida Southern.

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

I think it has helped us 100%. Now we don’t have to worry about putting in a VHS or DVD, you can just click on the link and it’s all there. You can pull up files on your email and search easily. You can click on names in a recruiting software database and lookup all the information that you need on all the kids. Acceleration in terms of recruiting earlier and things of that nature, it has definitely helped us too because there are so many late bloomers looking for a home. They might have gotten overlooked because of the club team they played on or because of their size, and now they are coming into their own, and we’re definitely reaping the benefits in DII of a lot of these late bloomers that are looking for quality education and a great place to play. So it’s definitely helped DII, and it has helped us as a scholarship program to help get some of these better guys.

What are your do’s and don’ts, likes and dislikes of recruiting videos? If you have any.

We’re not looking for an interview on the video. So when there is a 2 ½ minute speech about who they are and what they do, that’s not really what I’m looking for. I’d rather have four minutes of good solid highlights where I can definitely tell who the player is. Don’t send a video of you playing against the worst team in the league where you scored ten goals. I would much rather watch a nice clip of you with a couple good possessions against a good team. Maybe you make some bad shots, maybe score a couple. It’s better than you just scoring 15 goals on a poor guy that just picked up a stick in the locker room before he went outside. You have to really look at what you want a coach to see.

Some final thoughts from Coach Martin Ward:

Division II lacrosse is growing so quickly across the country, not only for Florida Southern but for all the schools across the country that are playing D2 lacrosse now. when I played Division II ball there were maybe 20-30 teams in the early 2000’s, and now there a ton of programs playing DII lacrosse. So I think it’s a great option for students; guys who want to get out of the cold and come down south and play their heart out. You can actually feel your shaft when you’re playing lacrosse in January in Florida, that definitely helps. There’s a lot of great options out there, so kids need to just do their homework and understand that Division II lacrosse is getting very good. It’s quality lacrosse and they need to really be open to the opportunity.

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Team Road Trips

Road games generally stay around the Southeast and within Florida. The team has also traveled to Tampa for the Sunshine State conference. Other trips in the past include North Carolina for games against Belmont Abbey and Orlando.

Recruit Commits
2020
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Ryley Cole North Paulding High School Acworth, GA Att
Logan Rhoads Cherokee High School Marlton, NJ Def, LSM
Michael Simone Smithtown West Smithtown, NY Goal
Brendan Glasser Sachem East Farmingville , NY Mid
 
2019
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Tyler Madden Woodgrove HS Purcellville, VA Att
Matthew Nastasi West Orange High School Winter Garden, FL Att, Mid
Matt Aldiero Verona Verona, Nj, 07044, NJ Def
 
2018
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Sean Mattson Ward Melville East Setauket , NY Def, LSM
Justin Clement Cathedral Catholic San Diego, CA Def, LSM
Casey Gignac Mid
Aiden Pincombe Trinity-Pawling School Calgary, AB Def
Max Freestone Chaparral Scottsdale, AZ Goal
Andrew Medeiros Kings Park Kings Park, NY Att
Sean Nolan John Jay-Cross River Cross River, NY Att
Sean Mattson Ward Melville East Setauket , NY Def, LSM
Justin Clement Cathedral Catholic San Diego, CA Def, LSM
 
2017
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Sean Howard Nease Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Att
Bryce Keaton Pickerington North Pickerington, OH Att
Max Burgio Niskayuna Niskayuna, NY Def
Matthew Gundersen Southington Plantsville, CT Mid
Jake Comisar Bishop Verot Fort Myers, FL Mid
Kevin Horwitz Stoneman Douglas Parkland, FL Mid
Liam Muller West Orange Orlando, FL Mid
 
2016
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Sky Sarkisian Natick high Natick, MA Mid
Joey Appio Ocean Township Oakhurst, NJ Att, Mid
Sky Sarkisian Natick high Natick, MA Mid
Jeff Phelps Bishop O'Connell/orthern Virginia CC Springfield, VA Mid, Faceoff
Sky Sarkisian Natick Natick, MA Mid
Marko Kurek Herricks Herricks, NY Att
Gunther Lubonski Huntingtown Huntingtown, MD Mid, Att
 
2015
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
Events By Florida Southern College Coaches
Jan 27 '19
Lakeland, FL
 
Men's 13-18
Aug 4 '19
Lakeland, FL
 
Men's 13-18
Oct 26 '19
Lakeland, FL
 
Men's 15-18
Location
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, FL, 33801, Lakeland, FL, 33801 See Directions
Team Videos
Where Grads Live
  • Lakeland Florida Area
  • Orlando Florida Area
  • Tampa/St. Petersburg Florida Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
  • Sarasota Florida Area
  • Jacksonville Florida Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • West Palm Beach Florida Area
  • Greater Boston Area
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Area
  • Greater Chicago Area
  • Charlotte North Carolina Area
  • Greater Philadelphia Area
Where Grads Work
  • Polk County School Board
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Publix Super Markets
  • GEICO
  • US Army
  • Orlando Health
  • Lakeland Regional Medical Center
  • Wells Fargo
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Walt Disney World
  • Bank of America
  • State Farm
  • SunTrust Bank
  • City of Lakeland
  • Darden
What Grads Do
  • Sales
  • Operations
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Healthcare Services
  • Media and Communication
  • Accounting
  • Support
  • Information Technology
  • Consulting
  • Community and Social Services
  • Human Resources
  • Arts and Design
Data from
Niche Grades
Overall
Student Life
Professors
Academics
Test Scores
SAT
Critical Reading
520 - 610
Math
530 - 610
Total
1080 - 1270
ACT
English
23 - 30
Math
22 - 27
Composite
24 - 29

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported. Historical writing ranges: 500 - 580 for SAT

GPA
SAT Math
SAT Reading
ACT

This distribution represents incoming freshman test scores and GPA on 4.0 scale.

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Admissions
 
Total
Male
Female
Applicants 5,983 2,023 3,960
% Admitted 51% 51% 52%
% Admits That Enroll 23% 24% 23%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.73 (weighted)
  • Accepted
  • Denied
  • Applied
  • Waitlisted
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    High School GPA
    High School Rank
    High School Transcript
    College Prep Classes
    Recommendations
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    Admission Test Scores
    Other Tests (Wonderlic, etc.)
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    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Business (26%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (14%)
    Health Professions (14%)
    Education (9%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (7%)
    Social Sciences (7%)
    Communication & Journalism (6%)
    Psychology (5%)
    English Language & Literature (2%)
    Computer & Information Sciences (2%)
    Natural Resources & Conservation (2%)
    Agriculture (2%)
    Foreign Languages (1%)
    History (1%)
    Mathematics & Statistics (1%)
    Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies (1%)
    Liberal Arts & Sciences
    Interdisciplinary Studies
    Philosophy & Religious Studies
    Physical Sciences
    Athlete Graduation Rate
    Financial
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.

    $24,888

    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$34,774
    Books & Supplies$1,250
    Cost of Living$11,204
    Personal Expenses$2,672
     
    Sticker Price$49,900

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    100% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

     
    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship100%$21,189
    Federal Grants27%$4,516
    Pell Grants27%$4,324
    Other Federal14%$363
    State & Local Grants59%$4,712
    Institutional Grants98%$17,408
     
    Student Loans87%$6,733
    Federal Loans87%$5,297
    Other Loans9%$14,022

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

     
    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Endowment
    Financial Assets $77.8 Million $25,473

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.

    Debt

    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $24,880.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

     
    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $15,921 $264

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 4.6%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 1,177 students.

    Salary

    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $41,400

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.

    Payback

    How long until this college investment pays off: 6.58 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 57% of students graduate on time.

    Events Attending
    Trackable Events
    Maverick D2 Showcase - Pennsylvania
    Jun 18 '19
    PA: Conshohocken
       
       
     
    T99 Texas Showcase
    Jun 1-2 '19
    TX: Dallas
       
       
     
    NXT Philly Freshman Invitational
    Nov 19 '17
    PA: Downingtown
       
       
     
    FLG in 3D Fall Shootout Tourney
    Nov 11-12 '17
    DE: Milford
       
       
     
    Autumn Gold Showcase I
    Nov 4-5 '17
    MD: Lutherville
       
       
     
    Maryland Terrapin Classic Tourny
    Nov 2-3 '17
    MD: Pasadena
       
       
     
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    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 2 2
    Fondling 1 1
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault - -
    Burglary 5 5
    Motor Vehicle Theft 1 -
    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. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

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

    Carnegie Classifications
    Category
    Classification
    Basic ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs
    Undergrad InstructionBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionPostbaccalaureate: Business-dominant, with other professional programs
    Enrollment ProfileVery high undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, small, highly residential

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