Notre Dame de Namur University

Men's D2 Coach: Thomas Hansen
Profile
Size
2 / 10
924 Undergrads / 1,605 Students
Cost
9 / 10
$28,167 Net Price
Selectivity
1 / 10
94% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Independent

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    Suburb: Large

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
12 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
68%
Overall Graduation Rate
48%
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
35% / 48%
Calendar System
Semester
Religious Affiliation
Brethren Church
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

Lacrosse is not a major. So researching the academic programs at your target schools is important to ensure that your future college fits you on and off the field. The recruiting cycle in lacrosse is fast-paced, but keeping in mind you’re going to spend more time in the classroom than on the field helps provide perspective.

This message is core to recruiting pitch of Kevin Arabejo, Head Coach at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) in Belmont, California. A former 4-year defender for NDNU, Arabejo just closed out his first season as head coach of the program. He excelled while playing for the school, earning All-Conference honors twice and was also a two-time team captain. Now seven of his players have earned recognition from the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA) with selections to the All-Conference teams this year.

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

If you’re interested in playing Division II lacrosse at NDNU, the first thing to do is to email the coach. This is true for other college teams in order for recruts to be on their radar. Most schools also have prospect forms on their websites. Filling out one of these forms lets the coach know that you are interested in playing for the school. It is really helpful to have your playing schedule available for the coach at the school you’re interested in. This is especially true going into the summer tournament season when coaches are planning recruiting trips. Completing a prospective recruit profile also helps because recruits store their schedules and player information in one easily accessible place. If the coach has this information, he can plan to look for you at the tournaments he attends. Coaches can’t go to every tournament all over the country, so have a highlight tape ready so that coaches can see you play and get an idea of what your playing style is like.

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

Send us an email and fill out a prospect form. Have your highlight tape ready, have your summer schedule ready. WIth the growth of lacrosse, there are plenty of good players from all over the country and us coaches do not get to cover as much ground as we would like. It’s definitely in a recruits’ best interest to take the initiative to directly contact the coaches of the schools that they are interested in. Players should look at schools where they offer the major of their interest, fit into the school’s culture, and make an impact on the lacrosse team.

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

The biggest thing that I see is stick work; making sure that players are playing as much wall ball as possible and just having a stick with you all the time. Be really comfortable with your left and right hand, and try to work on skills that will make you a multi-dimensional player. We look for players with high lacrosse IQ’s. We like seeing two-way middies, guys that are really athletic that want to compete and put in the hard work and really grind, because those are the players that are going to make the little plays that lead to the big goals in tough games. As much as we all love seeing the highlight reel plays, ultimately, it’s those little plays, like getting a groundball out of a scrum, that leads big goals and results to wins. The other thing we really look for in our players is character. Players with a team mentality. Players who have a “yes coach” attitude. We want kids that are coachable; that will listen and be able to take criticism and then be able to take what we’re teaching and apply it right away. The team always comes first. We really stress to recruits that NDNU needs to be the right fit for them but for us as well.

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

Very early on in the process I think it’s important for recruits to ask which recruiting events I will be at. It’s crucial for them to know if I will be anywhere close to where they are or if they will be anywhere close to me. Find out if the team is having any sort of prospect camp or any sort of camp that gets you in front of the coaches. Recruits need to check out for themselves what the school has to offer in all areas, not just lacrosse and it’s definitely alright to ask for more information from the coaches. Don’t assume that the coach knows all about you, remember that they are being contacted by many players, so you need to show that you’re serious and interested. If there is any other information that you want to know about the school or the lacrosse program, don’t hesitate to ask.

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

We look at both. Athleticism is tough to teach. We love athletic players, absolutely no doubt about it. If there’s a player who’s refined and kind of has it down, works hard, is coachable, and competes, we will definitely consider them. We will look at both types of players.

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

NDNU’s campus is very welcoming and everyone, staff and students, really want to do what
they can to help you succeed. It has a family atmosphere and this is especially true on our lacrosse team. LIke I said earlier, no matter what we do, team always comes first. We want to make sure that recruits who join our program have a great experience both in the class room and on the field. WIth our classes sizes and accessibility to teachers, you will definitely get a top-notch education. Our student/ athletes get the experience of being a big fish in a small pond. You’re not just joining a team, you’re joining our family. We really pride ourselves on making sure our athletes have a great experience.

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

Nowadays, there are websites like ConnectLAX and other recruiting websites where recruits can post their contact information, create a profile and allow coaches like me, being on the west coast, to find and evaluate players from the Midwest and East Coast them without ever leaving the office. I really love the diversity of having all sorts of players from all over the country on our team. Players have hopes of playing at the highest level possible, but at the same time, you have to have some sort of realistic expectation of where you will fit in. For us, we really try to get well-rounded student-athletes. The kids who really succeed in our school and our program, are the kids who are focused and who want to do well inside the classroom and on the field. It’s all about the education, the location, and the experience you are going to have.

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

I do not want to see highlights of yourself just passing, catching with a buddy, or yourself in warm ups. Some coaches like to see a whole half of a game some do not. Ask coaches how long of a highlight video you should have. For me, watching a 30 minute video for every recruit I reach out to takes a long time. I like seeing highlight tapes that are no longer than 3-4 minutes long with your best highlights first. There really isn’t a need to have music in the background, I find it distracting. Make sure to make a note of who you are on the tape. It is best when you put a spotlight or arrow on yourself in the highlight tape, so we can tell who you are on the field.

Some final thoughts from Coach Arabejo:

Grades are really important when we look at recruits. What you do in the classroom gives us an indication of how successful you will be as a student athlete at NDNU. Also, really research the schools you are considering and look for one that you will fit into and be realistic in your expectations about your skill level and where you will best fit. Look at the school’s roster, are you a middie applying to a program with an abundance of returning midfielders? Look at the location of the school. Is it realistic in terms of how comfortable you will be geographically? Will the tuition and costs fit into what you can or are willing to spend on college? If you are interested in a school, let the coaches know, and stay in contact with them. Send the occasional email and check in with the coach. This will show that you are serious about wanting to play there. Coaches are busy, but they want to hear from you. Make sure you take your academics seriously so that you can put yourself in the best situation to receive more scholarships and have a financial aid package that fits your family’s needs and wants. No matter where you go, it has to be the right fit both academically and athletically. Don’t chose a school based solely on lacrosse.

ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by the Notre Dame de Namur University or Kevin Arabejo.

Player Experience Survey

Access to private tutors: Yes

Athlete-only facilities / meals: Yes

Hours / week on team activities

In-season: 21-30 Out-of-season 11-15

Average size of recruiting class

11-15 incoming recruits

Level of coach involvement in academics

6 / 10

Quality of athletic training staff

6 / 10

Quality of athletic / practice facilities

5 / 10

Description of coaching style

“Our head coach and assistant coach are alumni of our school. They've been through the best and worst of our school's career as a lacrosse program so they know what players respond to well. They keep it fun and motivating throughout the drills and they're always trying to find more things to do in order to make the team better both on and off the field. They use positive reenforcement on and off the field to motivate us, and they really only yell when you deserve it.”

“Not only have they showed the team and myself that they are truly there to only help better us as men on and off the field. But they have also helped put together a team that is more then a team, but a family away from home.”

“Very hands on and personal. Both coaches have played here in recent years and are young so they know what we're going through and they're not disconnected from our experience whatsoever.”

+ / - of overall team experience

“I have nothing but good things to say about my team/ family. We are a group of young men who are not only trying our best on and off the field to do better but we are also trying to be a positive reinforcement to those around us.”

“The only negative aspects I've encountered were when we got recruits with bad attitudes that brought the team down. However, This coaching staff does a good job at finding kids with good personalities and if there unsure they come to us, the players, about it to make sure they pick the right guys for the team as a whole. The positive side is that the team is a family. everyone gets to be really close and really good friends. There's no separation between classes because everyone gets along.”

“We're a family. If one teammate is down about his playing or grades we do everything we can to pick him back up.”

Team Road Trips

Most road games are scheduled within California and the West Coast. The team also travels to Florida to take on the University of Miami, Lynn University and the University of Tampa. Other trips in the past include Colorado for games against Adams State and Colorado Mesa.

Recruit Commits
2018
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
A.J. Caturay, Jr. Eastlake High School Chula Vista, CA Att, Mid
C.J. Jones Bishop Gorman Las Vegas, NV Att, Mid
 
2017
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Eli Przychodzen Tahoma Renton, WA Mid
Cesar Rojas Central Catholic Happy Valley, OR LSM
Joseph Farina-Morelos Servite Costa Mesa, CA Mid
Bakari Neely Southview Sylvania, OH Mid
Julian Lewis Valencia Santa Clarita, CA Def
Cesar Burke Armijo Suisun City, CA Def
Cameron Calloway Academy of Arts & Sciences San Francisco, CA Mid
Bennett Duffy Archbishop Murphy Everett, WA Mid
Miles O'Brien Beaverton Beaverton, OR Goal
Troy Koehn Valley Academy Northridge, CA Def
Ryan Elston Archbishop Mitty San Jose, CA Mid
Christian Trice Culver City Los Angeles, CA Att
Zach Schultz N. Judson/?Ancilla College Knox, IN Mid, Faceoff
Andrew Barrera Summit Prep San Jose, CA Mid
John Lewis Culver City Culver City, CA Def, LSM
Levi DeYoung Bellingham Bellingham, WA Mid
Dylan Ott West Babylon West Babylon, NY Att
Elijah Zavala Culver City Los Angeles, CA Def, LSM
Isaiah Lynch El Segundo Los Angeles, CA Mid
 
2016
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Nathan Iruegas Archbishop Mitty San Jose, CA Def, LSM
Kedar Holtan Eagle Boise, ID Def
Miguel Garcia Latino Prep San Jose, CA Mid
Gavin Chilton Waccamaw Pawleys Island, SC Goal
Collin Lee South Kitsap Christian Port Orchard, WA Def
Jacob McFarland Central Catholic Portland, OR Mid
Alex Ellifritz Hood River Valley Hood River, OR Def, LSM
 
2015
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Andrew Kofoed Santa Margarita Catholic Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Att
Michael Haas Mount Carmel San Diego, CA Mid
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
Events By Notre Dame de Namur University Coaches
Jan 13 '19
Belmont, CA
 
Men's 13-18
Location
1500 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA, 94002, Belmont, CA, 94002 See Directions
Team Videos
Where Grads Live
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Sacramento California Area
  • Belgium
  • Greater San Diego Area
  • Greater Seattle Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Orange County California Area
  • Portland Oregon Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Greater Denver Area
  • Phoenix Arizona Area
  • Namur Area Belgium
  • Las Vegas Nevada Area
  • Brussels Area Belgium
Where Grads Work
  • Genentech
  • Oracle
  • Stanford University
  • Cisco
  • Visa
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Palo Alto Unified School District
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • County of San Mateo
  • San Mateo County
  • Franklin Templeton Investments
  • Wells Fargo
  • Stanford Hospital & Clinics
  • Apple
  • VMware
What Grads Do
  • Education
  • Sales
  • Community and Social Services
  • Operations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Administrative
  • Human Resources
  • Program and Project Management
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Services
  • Marketing
  • Consulting
  • Information Technology
  • Arts and Design
  • Support
Data from
Niche Grades
Overall
Student Life
Professors
Academics
Test Scores
SAT
Critical Reading
400 - 508
Math
450 - 550
Total
970 - 1140
ACT
English
14 - 21
Math
16 - 20
Composite
15 - 22

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: 420 - 510 for SAT; 6 - 8 for ACT

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 1,756 587 1,169
% Admitted 94% 91% 95%
% Admits That Enroll 10% 11% 10%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.2
  • Accepted
  • Denied
  • Applied
  • Waitlisted
  • 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)
    Admissions Office
    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Business (25%)
    Psychology (15%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (14%)
    Public Admin. & Social Services (10%)
    Communication & Journalism (9%)
    Social Sciences (9%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (7%)
    Liberal Arts & Sciences (5%)
    Computer & Information Sciences (4%)
    English Language & Literature (2%)
    History (1%)
    Interdisciplinary Studies
    Philosophy & Religious Studies
    Athlete Graduation Rate
    Financial
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.

    $28,167

    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$34,196
    Books & Supplies$1,900
    Cost of Living$13,656
    Personal Expenses$4,602
     
    Sticker Price$54,354

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    97% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

     
    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship97%$23,394
    Federal Grants52%$5,167
    Pell Grants51%$4,882
    Other Federal16%$1,120
    State & Local Grants40%$5,186
    Institutional Grants97%$18,492
     
    Student Loans77%$6,264
    Federal Loans76%$5,605
    Other Loans4%$15,060

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

     
    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Endowment
    Financial Assets $22.5 Million $14,048

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.

    Debt

    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $25,000.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

     
    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $19,500 $266

    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 931 students.

    Salary

    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $56,400

    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: 5.07 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 35% 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 1
    Fondling - -
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault - -
    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. 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: Larger Programs
    Undergrad InstructionArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionPostbaccalaureate: Business-dominant, with Arts & Sciences
    Enrollment ProfileMajority undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, medium full-time, inclusive, higher transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, small, primarily residential

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