North Greenville University

Men's D2 Coach: Corey Struss
Profile
Size
4 / 10
2,358 Undergrads / 2,565 Students
Cost
4 / 10
$16,821 Net Price
Selectivity
6 / 10
61% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Conference Carolinas

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    Rural: Fringe

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
14 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
70%
Overall Graduation Rate
51%
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
38% / 51%
Calendar System
Semester
Religious Affiliation
Southern Baptist
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

“The wall can pay for college.” Stick skills are not only important to develop yourself as a player, but also to secure your future in the academic and working world. The more you practice, and the more time you commit to hitting the wall everyday, the better chance you have of being noticed by recruiters and being offered a scholarship to a school you want to go to.

Coach Corey Struss of North Greenville University (NGU) cited this quote during his exclusive interview with us on the lacrosse recruiting process. NGU announced Struss as head coach of their new men’s lacrosse program in December 2013, putting him in charge of developing the program from the bottom up. Since then he has been gearing up for the inaugural season for the Crusaders this coming 2015.

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

Work ethic is huge. To be able to put in the time every day whether they want to or not. To have that passion. As a program we’re looking for lacrosse junkies, guys who can’t get enough of it. But they also want to do well in the classroom. It’s important to have a good balance of academics and athletics. Expectations are pretty high with both. We want guys here that are able to bend over backwards to do anything for the team. Guys that are going to go out there every day, for 5 minutes or 30 minutes, and just work and get better on their own time too. Work ethic goes a long way.

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

I would say letting me know when you will be at tournaments and certain events. Also being able to possibly send me highlight clips to get my interest and grab my attention, so that I can follow up if I see their skill set happens to be in line with what we’re looking for. It’s a reciprocal relationship. If they are interested in us definitely reach out, but if we’re interested in them we’re going to reach out to them as well. We have two to three coaches on our coaching staff, so we can’t be at every event in the country at the same time. We have to know which spots to hit, where it is going to be best for North Greenville. So if kids could reach out to us and let us know when they are playing at a certain place, we’re probably going to go and check them out, as long as we have the man power to do so. I’ve had to swallow the fact that I can’t see every single kid, at every tournament, every weekend, but if I know there is a kid that is interested in North Greenville for who we are and what we bring to the table then I will invest my time in them and see if they would be a good fit for us.

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

I read a quote the other day, “the wall can pay for college.” That’s something that we really want to drill into our guys coming in. Stick skills, hitting the wall, that’s something that you can control everyday. Over time you can control your athleticism, your speed and your agility, but hitting the wall every single day is going to be a vital part of our success as a young team and as a young program. I also advise all my players to invest in a jump rope and an agility ladder to work on speed and quickness. I’m an advocate for hitting the weight room and getting stronger but this game is about speed and trying to really hammer out those qualities. I would take a quick, slippery shifty guy over a big guy with poor feet, poor footwork and poor agility. Something else to really work on is improving your lacrosse IQ by watching high caliber lacrosse. Pick out five of your top favorite players in the college game right now and watch them and emulate them. Studying film as a student, not just a spectator.

What’s a question, specific to North Greenville you wished players asked you more during the recruiting process?

We are a Christian school, so I would love for kids to ask a little bit more about that. Questions such as “what does that entail?” “”what are the expectations of that?” “what will I be held accountable for besides grades and lacrosse?” “what are the standards like here?” We do have a higher standard. We want to represent the university and represent ourselves as Christians, out on the field and in the classroom, and find that balance in between. If they can get a little bit more educated in that respect, it will help us with our recruiting tactics and finding the types of kids that we want to recruit. We are like the new kid on campus. We’re a new program so all eyes are on us and we want to make sure we are recruiting the right kids. Obviously a good lacrosse player, a good student, but also someone who will represent us to the highest degree on and off the field.

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

At this point in our program, being a new program, I would love to have the latter of the two, but I think raw athleticism is more of what we’re going to get at this point. So I think we’re putting it on ourselves as a coaching staff to really develop those skills, and refine them. When they get here if they have a good skill set I think we are going to be able to develop them to the level where they need to be. I think over time our dynamic is going to shift, and we’re going to be able to attract more of both. Those really athletic kids that are also refining their lacrosse skills. You see Limestone College, and top tier teams like Le Moyne, they hit the sweet spot with those types of kids because they have been around for so long. That’s where we want to be eventually, but I think you need the athleticism to get to that point.

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

It’s the balance of a few things. We have the trifecta. We have a great location. Greenville is right down the road from Clemson, we’re an hour and a half from Charlotte. We also have great academics. We rank 30th in the southern region. Our job placement rate is close to 85%, which is above the national average of about 75%. And lastly we are really invested in our athletics. We have a great turf field and we’re about to break ground on a 5,000 seat basketball arena. We’re definitely committed to the student-athletes and we want to make sure that we’re picking the right ones. We have a lot of kids knocking on the door here, but I really need to be selective about who I decide to bring in. Where it’s lacrosse, academics and other things, we have to find that balance.

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

I like full games, but it’s really hard to find time to watch a 60 minute game. What I really like is watching what players do after the play. After the whistle. The interactions with their teammates, the referees, their coaches. That helps me gauge what kind of character they bring to the field. Highlight films are nice, but you don’t want them to be less than two minutes. If you are doing a highlight film, chop it up for multiple games so I can see some consistency throughout the season and not just one game where they had a terrific performance. Mix that up and give me a highlight film of the whole season. About 4-6 minutes is enough to be a good gauge and at least grab my attention. It’s ok if they miss the cage, it’s ok if they take a bad shot. It’s what are they doing before or after that that I like to see.

Some final thoughts from Corey Struss:

Like I said, It’s all about the balance. We want to find not just great lacrosse players, but great young men. We do have a pretty high standard of who we’re recruiting here and we want to make sure that we do it the right way. We’re doing it the hard way, bringing a lot of freshman in and building from the ground up, but I also think we’re doing it the right way right now.

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Team Road Trips

North Greenville University will begin Division II men's lacrosse competition in the spring of 2015. The team will play in the Conference Carolina's and has released their inaugural schedule. Road games generally stay around the Southeast and within the Carolina's. The team also travels to Georgia and Tennessee. Other trips include North Carolina for games against Lees-McRae College and Mount Olive.

Recruit Commits
2019
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Will Eudy Roswell Roswell, GA Def
 
2018
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Thomas Cecere Grand Island Grand Island, NY Att
Ben Shealy Centennial Roswell, GA Mid, Att
Seth Woodhall Lake Brantley Apopka, FL Mid, Faceoff
Madison Duffessy East Coweta Newnan, GA Mid
Nathan Fischer Cathedral Prep Fairview, PA Def
Nathan Fischer Cathedral Prep Fairview, PA Def
Nolan Drop Fossil Ridge Windsor, CO Mid, Att
Cameron Meyer Saint Charles East Geneva, IL Goal
Dylan Doyle Patriot Bristow, VA Mid
Justin Collins St. Charles East St. Charles, IL Def
Kyle Lesko Lake Brantley Longwood, FL Mid
Colin Courtney Hilton Head Hilton Head Island, SC Def, LSM
 
2017
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Zach Plath Seminole Lake Mary, FL Att
Darcy Muttillo Nation Ford Fort Mill, SC Def
Will Clark Culpeper Culpeper, VA Att
Bryant Blackmon St. James Myrtle Beach, SC Goal
Sean Merritt A.C. Flora/?Oglethorpe Columbia, SC Goal
Riley McPhatter Cane Bay Summerville, SC Mid, Att
Corey Long Woodstock Woodstock, GA Att
Brendan Sullivan Severna Park Severna Park, MD Mid
Tyler Durant Elkton Elkton, MD Mid
Matthew Trainor Mill Creek Dacula, GA Def
John Terzotis Northwood Chapel Hill, NC Mid
Jake Able Centennial Alpharetta, GA Def
Derrick Shealy Home school Hickory, NC Mid
Owen Reighard Canterbury School Warren, CT Att
Dillon Loyd Hershey Hershey, PA Mid
 
2016
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Chase Wilson Fleming island high school Fleming Island, FL Goal
Chase Wilson Fleming island high school Fleming island, FL Goal
 
2015
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
Location
7801 N. Tigerville Road, Tigerville, SC, 29688, Tigerville, SC, 29688 See Directions
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Where Grads Live
  • Greenville South Carolina Area
  • Charlotte North Carolina Area
  • Columbia South Carolina Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Charleston South Carolina Area
  • Asheville North Carolina Area
  • Raleigh-Durham North Carolina Area
  • Florence South Carolina Area
  • Augusta Georgia Area
  • Greensboro/Winston-Salem North Carolina Area
  • Myrtle Beach South Carolina Area
  • Savannah Georgia Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Greater Nashville Area
  • Louisville Kentucky Area
Where Grads Work
  • North Greenville University
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Greenville Health System
  • Chick-fil-A Corporate
  • US Army
  • TD
  • BB&T
  • YMCA
  • ScanSource
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Fluor Corporation
  • Apple
  • UPS
  • Publix Super Markets
  • LifeWay Christian Resources
What Grads Do
  • Operations
  • Sales
  • Education
  • Community and Social Services
  • Administrative
  • Media and Communication
  • Support
  • Arts and Design
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare Services
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting
Data from
Niche Grades
Overall
Student Life
Professors
Academics
Test Scores
SAT
Critical Reading
430 - 620
Math
470 - 660
Total
990 - 1400
ACT
English
19 - 29
Math
19 - 29
Composite
19 - 28

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: 440 - 660 for SAT; 7 - 9 for ACT

GPA
ACT

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

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Admissions
 
Total
Male
Female
Applicants 1,701 846 855
% Admitted 61% 55% 67%
% Admits That Enroll 52% 57% 49%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.5
Admission Considerations
 
Required
Recommended Rec.
High School GPA
High School Rank
High School Transcript
College Prep Classes
Recommendations
Demonstrate Competencies
Admission Test Scores
Other Tests (Wonderlic, etc.)
TOEFL (English proficiency)
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Majors / Programs

Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

Business (17%)
Liberal Arts & Sciences (16%)
Education (15%)
Communication & Journalism (9%)
Theology (9%)
Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies (9%)
Health Professions (7%)
Visual & Performing Arts (5%)
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (4%)
Psychology (3%)
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement (2%)
History (2%)
Mathematics & Statistics (1%)
Foreign Languages (1%)
English Language & Literature (1%)
Interdisciplinary Studies
Social Sciences
Athlete Graduation Rate
Financial
Net Price

Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.

$16,821

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$19,150
Books & Supplies$2,200
Cost of Living$10,240
Personal Expenses$4,410
 
Sticker Price$36,000

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 Scholarship98%$15,812
Federal Grants42%$4,411
Pell Grants42%$4,303
Other Federal5%$977
State & Local Grants79%$6,966
Institutional Grants98%$8,290
 
Student Loans65%$5,938
Federal Loans59%$5,656
Other Loans7%$8,427

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All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

 
Total Amount
Per Student
Endowment
Financial Assets $28.4 Million $11,055

Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.

Debt

Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $21,301.

Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

 
Total Principal
Monthly Payment
10 Year Repayment $11,453 $226

Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 6.4%

Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 1,114 students.

Salary

Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $34,400

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: 6.88 years.

Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 38% of students graduate on time.

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Campus Safety
 
On Campus
In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
Criminal Offenses
Murder - -
Negligent Manslaughter - -
Rape 1 -
Fondling - -
Incest - -
Statutory Rape - -
Robbery - -
Aggravated Assault 1 -
Burglary 5 5
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. 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 InstructionProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
Graduate InstructionResearch Doctoral: Single program-Other
Enrollment ProfileVery high undergraduate
Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, selective, lower transfer-in
Size and SettingFour-year, small, highly residential

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