with Kelly Amonte Hiller,
Northwestern University head womens lacrosse coach;
7x NCAA National Champions; 6x National Coach of the Year;
2x National Player of the year at Maryland
Kelly Amonte Hiller is a legend. From 2005 to 2011, she has amassed a record of 147 wins and only 7 losses a winning percentage of 95.4 percent. During that run her Wildcats have appeared in the NCAA final all seven seasons, winning the title six times 20052009, 2011 that includes two undefeated seasons 2005, 2009, and has coached 28 AllAmericans and three Tewaaraton Trophy winners.
Her success as a player and coach has been achieved through her commitment, hard work, innovation, and positive approach to teaching the sport of lacrosse. Coach Amonte Hiller is renowned for being on the leading edge of coaching techniques.
Now, for the first time ever, Coach Amonte Hiller opens her practices to you, allowing you watch three Northwestern lacrosse practices as though you were sitting on sidelines. You will get a firsthand look at the practices, drills and training techniques that make the Northwestern Wildcats a national title contenders yearin and yearout.
Practice Day 1, MultiStation Situation Drills Weight Room
Coach Amonte Hiller introduces her positive coaching techniques and discusses her strategy for designing the teams practice. The team runs through a quick succession of warmup drills that focus on stick and footwork skills with a conditioning element added. She then divides the team into groups that run through multistation drills in 7 minute segments that focus on individual skills like stick work, ground balls, transitional play, feeding, shooting, faking and 1on1 defense. Each skill is taught and practiced in a way that is directly transferable to the field of play.
Practice is followed by a workout with the teams strength and conditioning coach. The Wildcats are put through a strenuous workout regiment that includes free weights, medicine balls, and resistance bands.
Practice 2: Transition Drills Alternative Workout
Day 2 starts with another strength and conditioning workout. Modeled on a boxers training routine, this workout helps build upper body and core strength, while integrating a tough cardio regime. Amonte Hiller uses these techniques to increase the handeye coordination and conditioning of her players. In addition, the players engage in stationary cycling to improve conditioning and strengthen leg muscles.
During the practice session on the field, Amonte Hiller has the players work in larger groups in order to build settled and unsettled concepts. The primary focus is to get the group of individuals to work together as a team.
7 v 7 from midfield drill provides opportunity to see how the team works to keep a numbers advantage to move the ball quickly before being forced to settle into even numbers.
Practice 3: Stickwork and Defensive Work
In the final practice session, Coach Amonte Hiller brings together the lessons of the week, focusing again on stick skill development, working on groundballs, reinforcing defensive concepts on double teams and footwork, and practicing draws. Drills are designed to force partners to constantly communicate in order to be successful. More emphasis is placed on defense, draws, and unbalanced and transitional play. The coaches work on these skill sets both in the team setting and in the smal