Virginia Wesleyan University

Men's D3 Coach: J.P. Stewart
Profile
Size
2 / 10
1,436 Undergrads / 1,470 Students
Cost
8 / 10
$26,231 Net Price
Selectivity
4 / 10
70% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Old Dominion (ODAC)

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    City: 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
63%
Overall Graduation Rate
52%
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
46% / 52%
Calendar System
Four-one-four plan
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

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
Nick Frampton Mountain view High School Stafford, VA Att, Mid
Andrew Johson Landstown Virginia Beach, VA Mid, Att
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 University Coaches
Jul 15-18 '19
Virginia Beach, VA
 
Men's 13-18
Location
5817 Wesleyan Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23455, Virginia Beach, VA, 23455 See Directions
Team Videos
Where Grads Live
  • Norfolk Virginia Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Richmond Virginia Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Baltimore Maryland Area
  • Greater Philadelphia Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Greater Boston Area
  • Charlotte North Carolina Area
  • Raleigh-Durham North Carolina Area
  • Charlottesville Virginia Area
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Roanoke Virginia Area
  • Dover Delaware Area
  • Orlando Florida Area
Where Grads Work
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • Virginia Beach City Government
  • Tidewater Community College
  • US Army
  • Capital One
  • US Navy
  • Bank of America
  • USAA
  • Dominion Virginia Power
  • CMA CGM
  • Norfolk Public Schools
  • Dominion Enterprises
  • Henrico County Public Schools
  • Wells Fargo
  • PepsiCo
What Grads Do
  • Education
  • Sales
  • Operations
  • Administrative
  • Media and Communication
  • Community and Social Services
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Support
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Program and Project Management
  • Consulting
  • Healthcare Services
Data from
Niche Grades
Overall
Student Life
Professors
Academics
Test Scores
SAT
Critical Reading
430 - 530
Math
463 - 570
Total
980 - 1190
ACT
English
17 - 25
Math
17 - 26
Composite
19 - 25

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: 425 - 530 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 2,231 943 1,257
% Admitted 70% 69% 72%
% Admits That Enroll 27% 30% 25%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.21
  • 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)
    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Business (16%)
    Psychology (11%)
    Interdisciplinary Studies (10%)
    Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement (9%)
    Social Sciences (8%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (7%)
    Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies (6%)
    Communication & Journalism (5%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (4%)
    Public Admin. & Social Services (4%)
    Foreign Languages (4%)
    Education (4%)
    Mathematics & Statistics (3%)
    English Language & Literature (3%)
    Philosophy & Religious Studies (2%)
    Natural Resources & Conservation (1%)
    History (1%)
    Physical Sciences (1%)
    Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies
    Financial
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.

    $26,231

    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$36,660
    Books & Supplies$1,500
    Cost of Living$8,944
    Personal Expenses$3,100
     
    Sticker Price$50,204

    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%$21,993
    Federal Grants44%$4,482
    Pell Grants44%$4,203
    Other Federal29%$465
    State & Local Grants67%$2,950
    Institutional Grants99%$18,181
     
    Student Loans77%$7,246
    Federal Loans76%$5,692
    Other Loans10%$12,849

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

     
    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Endowment
    Financial Assets $56.8 Million $38,619

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.

    Debt

    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $27,000.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

     
    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $15,830 $287

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 7.5%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 872 students.

    Salary

    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $40,700

    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, 46% of students graduate on time.

    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
       
       
     
    maybe attending; confirmed attending.
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    Campus Safety
     
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 2 2
    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 ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
    Undergrad InstructionBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionNot classified (Exclusively Undergraduate)
    Enrollment ProfileExclusively undergraduate four-year
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, selective, lower transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, small, highly residential

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