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What is Victory?

Playing on a top lacrosse team is something that I have always taken a lot of personal pride in. Whether you love lacrosse or you hardly even know what the game entails, it is a universal phenomenon when people come together for the accomplishment of a single goal. The teamwork and dedication that goes into finding success in that environment is something that fosters a lot of relationships that will last far beyond the season or even any individual player’s career. I am grateful for all of these things. This is something that has probably taught me more about life than virtually anything else I’ve ever done. It has taught me how to work hard and develop a work ethic that is nothing short of impeccable. It has taught me how to win gracefully as opposed to throwing my victory in someone else’s face. The most recent thing it has taught me is how to remain a winner even the face of a devastating loss.

I am accustomed to playing on a team that is quite successful. We work extremely hard and we expect to go out and win every game that we play. It is a fundamental part of our mindset and it affects everything we do from the way that we train to the level of dedication that every member of the team has. Because we do win so often, I have learned not to gloat or push other people who are on the losing team, but rather to congratulate them on a job well done and move ahead gracefully. Heading into the last game of the season, I and everyone else on the team fully expected to win just as we have been doing all season long.

Unfortunately, that is not the way things worked out. We played a close game against an exceptionally good team. I think it is fair to say that every single one of us expected that we would win right up until the last score. Because the game was so close, it was a devastating loss and it was definitely hard to hold our heads up and smile in the face of that loss. However, our coach used it as a teachable moment in order to help us learn what we should do when faced with adversity. He showed us how we should act and taught us that we should continue to be proud of the work that we have put in even if we did not have the result that we wanted.

In the end, I think I personally learned more about winning from dealing with an experience that forced me to lose. It is easy to be happy and even gracious when you win all the time. It is much more difficult to have that same level of graciousness when you’ve just lost something that was very important to you. It requires a lot of character to stay positive when you feel like your dreams have just been taken away from you. Being forced to deal with that has helped me understand what I am truly made of and I found out that I have more character than I ever thought I could have. When I look back on things, I don’t think that I would change the outcome of that game because I and my teammates were able to learn so much from that experience. I know that it taught me a lot about who I want to be and I think it has done the same for them as well.

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New Coach Brings Magic to the Lacrosse Team

Today the Des Moines Magicians are excited to welcome Ted Overfelt as our new coach for the high school lacrosse team. Coach Overfelt comes to us after six successful seasons of heading the lacrosse team for the Mallards, where they made the playoffs a respectable five out of six seasons. In 2013, he was recognized as Coach of the Year for his dedication to the youth sport.

Coach Overfelt’s love for the amateur sport began in junior high school and continued on through all four years of high school. His dedication to lacrosse paid off when he was appointed as the team captain for his junior and senior years. His appreciation for good sportsmanship earned him a special award of recognition in his senior year of high school. During the summers as a junior and senior, he also volunteered at a lacrosse camp as a junior camp counselor.

After high school, he attended Michigan State University and received a Bachelor degree in kinesiology in 2002. His major provided him with a specialization in coaching while his minor was in educational studies. He also played on the Michigan State University Men’s Lacrosse Team. In his final year at MSU, he participated in the development and implementation of a lacrosse program for low-income junior high and high school students in the Detroit area.

While Coach Overfelt headed the Mallards, he was responsible for the organization of all lacrosse events and off-season programs, activities and workouts. Prior to coaching the Mallards, he spent four years as varsity assistant coach for North Point High School in Indianapolis.

With our team, Coach Overfelt will provide instruction on physical training and different lacrosse strategies that will keep our sights on successful playing. He will work with the fundamental skills we already have and build on them. As Des Moines Magicians, we will show our new coach what we have learned about values, individual accountability, working together and supporting each other.

Now that Coach Overfelt is heading the Des Moines Magicians, we are ready to benefit from his past lacrosse experiences, education and love for the sport. We were undefeated last season and have every intention of continuing to work hard towards making the playoffs yet again. We are also excited for the new lacrosse workout programs Coach Overfelt is bringing to our high school and want to see what else he can teach us about lacrosse, integrity and team loyalty.