On this week’s episode of New England Lacrosse Journal’s “Chasing The Goal” podcast, hosts Kyle Devitte and Jack Piatelli were joined by new Roger Williams University head coach Kevin Gould.
Gould was recently named the head coach at the Division 3 school after serving as an assistant at Providence for the last three seasons.
Gould played his college lacrosse at Bentley and continued to play for the Boston Cannons for several seasons before beginning his coaching career with Bryant and then Dartmouth College.
He brings a plethora of Division 1 experience and credibility to RWU. His experience as a D-1 assistant makes him a formidable addition to the D-3 coaching ranks.
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Kyle Devitte: Let me just get this progression right. You played at the D-2 level and you started your coaching career in D-1 as an assistant. Now you’re a head coach at D-3 school. How do you parse all of those differences between D-1, D-2 and D-3 in your current role?
Jack Piatelli: Coach, having spent time at Bryant, Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, Providence and now at Roger Williams, how do you know what you’re looking for in terms of a player at the Division 3 level that not only will be good for your program athletically but a good fit for the school?
KG: During the interview process, I was asked that a few times, and certainly early on this summer, I’ve leaned on the club coaches a little bit. You know, they have a very clear understanding of guys that they’ve sent to the conference and this level over the years. So, I’ve really leaned on my relationships with the club coaches to start me down the path of guys that they’ve sent to Roger Williams and guys on the roster that are similarly athletic, or have some certain traits that have played Division 3 lacrosse in the past. That’s really where I started, just building off of those relationships.
The second part, you know, as we’ve talked about, is getting those guys to campus. Making sure that what I believe in, they believe in. And that their parents and I are all on the same page about what to expect with the Roger Williams program. That’s the part where I think you start to build relationships and make sure that there is a fit — with the family on campus. If it’s a family you want to get involved in your program, we’ll be better off for it.