Tusculum College

Men's D2 Coach: Richard Carrington
Profile
Size
2 / 10
1,488 Undergrads / 1,767 Students
Cost
4 / 10
$16,881 Net Price
Selectivity
1 / 10
89% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    South Atlantic (SAC)

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    Town: Distant

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
17 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
65%
Overall Graduation Rate
33%
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
18% / 33%
Calendar System
Semester
Religious Affiliation
Interdenominational
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

Stand out and get noticed. Lacrosse is growing at the youth and high school levels at a faster rate than at the collegiate level, resulting in a slightly more competitive landscape in the college recruiting process. All players should be determined and prepared to work hard to impress college coaches and show them why you belong on their roster.

We had the opportunity to speak with Coach Richard Carrington of Tusculum College about the college recruiting process, and he expressed the importance of standing out and getting noticed by coaches, not only of D2 schools but of all divisions.

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

Student-Athletes interested in attending a NCAA D2 institution should start by speaking with coaches about the differences between the three NCAA divisions. D1 and D2 are the only divisions that can provide athletic scholarships, and they’re the only divisions that require student-athletes to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. However, D1 and D2 are not identical. D1 and D2 have different requirements for eligibility. There are more differences between the three divisions, but those are some of the more prominent differences. Regardless of the division a student-athlete gravitates to, it is important that he or she find the division that is both an academic and athletic fit.

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

Persistent communication is always the best way for recruits to get on our radar. In today’s recruiting landscape, coaches are being bombarded by emails from interested prospects. Recruits need to stand out by being persistent and personal when communicating with coaches. Research the school before you contact the coach. We do not offer engineering at Tusculum, so if a recruit emails me and states that he’s looking to major in engineering, that tells me that this recruit has not done any research and this email probably went to about 50 other college coaches. Also, include links to your game film in your emails to college coaches, and let coaches know where you’ll be playing in the fall and summer tournament season.

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

As boring as it sounds, all positions must focus on their stick skills. At our level, we really do not spend too much time teaching how to catch and throw. We put our student-athletes in drills and game-like situations to practice stick work at full speed and under pressure. If a student-athlete comes to us, and he cannot demonstrate that level of stick work, most of his practice will probably be spent hitting the wall.

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

I wish more prospects would ask about our very unique academic structure we offer at Tusculum, which we call the Block System. The Block System allows our students to take just one class for 18 days. The exam for that class is on the 18th day, and then you’re done with that class forever. We then have a four-day Block Break with no school, and when we return, students take a new class for 18 days. The Block System allows our students to focus on just one subject at a time. Our students do not have to skip around from math to English and then to science. Our students also do not have to cram for five exams at the end of the semester. Additionally, our students still have their weekends off and receive all the traditional breaks you’d find at most colleges (i.e. Fall Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, etc).

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

At Tusculum we’re looking for prospects that standout in at least one area of skill or athletic attribute. Raw athletes typically lack in consistent stick skills and lacrosse IQ, so for us to recruit them, we need to see superior speed, agility, strength, or size. In more refined lacrosse players, we’re looking for prospects who excel in shooting, feeding, and demonstrating a general “slickness” in their game.

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

Being a Tusculum Pioneer means that you’re accepting the challenge of building our second-year lacrosse program into a perennial contender in D2. At Tusculum, we feel that our students enjoy an educational setting that is conducive to being a student-athlete. We offer an academic system that fits the hectic training schedule of an athlete. We also feature some of the best athletic facilities in D2. Tusculum is one of the few schools in our region to have an indoor turf practice facility, which allows us to play box lacrosse or practice inside if there is inclement weather.

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

I am not an advocate of the accelerated recruiting landscape, but the negative effects of early recruiting haven’t really hurt D2 schools yet. When I started coaching collegiately ten years ago, there were still plenty of D1 prospects floating around in the fall of their senior year. Now, the D1 prospects are generally committed well before they begin their senior year of high school. This may make life easier for D2 and D3 coaches, but ultimately, I think it is bad for college lacrosse. Our transfer rates are at an all-time high, because prospects are rushing into decisions.

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

We actually ask our recruits to include one or two of their best games along with a highlight film, because anyone can look good in a highlight film. At the D1 and D2 level most coaches won’t award athletic scholarship money based on a highlight film alone. When I watch recruit films, I like to see prospects playing against good competition. I also want to see them making some mistakes, because so much of our game is displaying the ability to respond from mistakes.

Some final thoughts from Coach Carrington

This is a great time to be a college lacrosse coach, because there are so many prospects out there. Our game is growing at the youth and high school level at a much faster rate than the collegiate level. You have to put in the work to become recruited. Develop the skills that will make you stand out on the field during summer tournaments. Play multiple sports in high school. Get some good game and tournament film. Be persistent when communicating with coaches. Coaches are on the road all summer looking for ideal prospects, and we’re going to find them, but it’s even better when a quality prospect finds us first.

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Team Road Trips

The Tusculum College will begin Division II men's lacrosse competition in the spring of 2015. The team will play in the South Atlantic conference.

Recruit Commits
2020
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Jordan Mauro Valley Central Montgo Mery, NY Def
Jordan Mauro Valley Central MontgoMery, NY Def
 
2018
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Addison Wilkins Dorman Highschool Spartanburg , SC Faceoff, Mid
Nathan Fraser South Kamloops Secondary School Kamloops, BC Mid, Faceoff
Addison Wilkins Dorman Highschool Spartanburg , SC Faceoff, Mid
Addison Wilkins Dorman Highschool Spartanburg , SC Faceoff, Mid
Peyton Woodward Salem Salem, VA Goal
 
2017
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Luke Doehring Fort Knox Fort Knox, KY Att
Patrick Thomas Fort Mill Fort Mill, SC Goal
 
2016
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Will Bender Apex High School Apex, NC Goal
Tyler Beebe Leesville Road High Raleigh, NC Def
Trey Carney Lexington Catholic High School Lexington, KY Faceoff, Def
Adrian Brown Leesville Road High School Raleigh , NC Att, Mid
Todd Lloyd Battlefield High School Haymarket, VA Mid
Will Bender Apex High School Apex, NC Goal
Tyler Beebe Leesville Road High Raleigh, NC Def
Trey Carney Lexington Catholic High School Lexington, KY Faceoff, Def
Matt Petraglia Fallston Fallston, MD Goal
Will Bender Apex Apex, NC Goal
Ryan Pickering West Haven West Haven, CT Goal
Adam Isaac Canandaigua Academy Canandaigua, NY Def
Todd Lloyd Battlefield High School Haymarket, VA Mid
Adrian Brown Leesville Road High School Raleigh , NC Att, Mid
 
2015
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Charles Mills Vernon Township Vernon, NJ Att
Charles Mills Vernon Township Vernon, NJ Att
Caleb Mayhew Saint Edwards Fort Pierce, FL Mid, Att
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
Events By Tusculum College Coaches
Oct 7 '18
Greeneville, TN
 
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Oct 13 '19
Greeneville, TN
 
Men's 13-18
Location
60 Shiloh Road, Greeneville, TN, 37743, Greeneville, TN, 37743 See Directions
Team Videos
Where Grads Live
  • Knoxville Tennessee Area
  • Johnson City Tennessee Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Chattanooga Tennessee Area
  • Greater Nashville Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Charlotte North Carolina Area
  • Raleigh-Durham North Carolina Area
  • Greater Memphis Area
  • Greenville South Carolina Area
  • Cincinnati Area
  • Tampa/St. Petersburg Florida Area
  • Greater Philadelphia Area
  • Houston Texas Area
Where Grads Work
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Whirlpool Corporation
  • SAIC
  • Covenant Health
  • Knox County Schools
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Mountain States Health Alliance
  • State of Tennessee
  • AT&T
  • TeamHealth
  • DENSO
  • John Deere
  • ORAU
  • University of Tennessee
What Grads Do
  • Operations
  • Sales
  • Education
  • Human Resources
  • Support
  • Information Technology
  • Administrative
  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Program and Project Management
  • Healthcare Services
  • Consulting
  • Community and Social Services
  • Marketing
  • Engineering
Data from
Niche Grades
Overall
Student Life
Professors
Academics
Test Scores
SAT
Critical Reading
413 - 500
Math
440 - 540
Total
950 - 1180
ACT
English
15 - 23
Math
16 - 24
Composite
17 - 24

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.

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 2,139 978 1,161
% Admitted 89% 88% 90%
% Admits That Enroll 17% 21% 13%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.17
  • Accepted
  • Denied
  • Applied
  • Waitlisted
  • Admission Considerations
     
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    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 (45%)
    Education (13%)
    Psychology (13%)
    Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies (9%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (4%)
    Health Professions (4%)
    Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement (3%)
    English Language & Literature (1%)
    History (1%)
    Mathematics & Statistics (1%)
    Interdisciplinary Studies (1%)
    Natural Resources & Conservation (1%)
    Social Sciences (1%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (1%)
    Physical Sciences
    Athlete Graduation Rate
    Financial
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.

    $16,881

    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$23,700
    Books & Supplies$2,040
    Cost of Living$8,700
    Personal Expenses$4,220
     
    Sticker Price$38,660

    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 Scholarship99%$18,572
    Federal Grants59%$4,684
    Pell Grants56%$4,575
    Other Federal22%$1,016
    State & Local Grants40%$5,635
    Institutional Grants96%$13,898
     
    Student Loans72%$5,716
    Federal Loans72%$5,384
    Other Loans4%$7,374

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

     
    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Endowment
    Financial Assets $21.1 Million $11,931

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.

    Debt

    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $24,750.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

     
    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $17,137 $263

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 10.8%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 1,202 students.

    Salary

    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $38,300

    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: 6.28 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 18% of students graduate on time.

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    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 1 1
    Fondling - -
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault 1 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: Medium Programs
    Undergrad InstructionProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionPostbaccalaureate: Education-dominant, with other professional programs
    Enrollment ProfileVery high undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, selective, lower transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, small, primarily residential

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