Women's Beach Volleyball

Florida International University

NCAA DI

Graduated 1-2 years ago (2019 or 2018)

Rita Buck-Crockett

Division

Years Attended

Head Coach

Overall Experience

Athletic/Academic Balance

Team Morale & Skill Instruction

Fairness & Respect

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In One Sentence...

In total, I really enjoyed my experience as a student-athlete. My teammates were amazing and the athletic-academic balance was good. I was able to train semi-professionally while also getting a degree. I really liked the location of my university and the campus life.

Pros...

- combining studying and playing high-level sports - location - scholarship for Athletics - teammates - interesting classes - studying in a foreign country/ the US experience (I am an international player)

Cons...

- dealing with very different skill levels and motivations (some players wanted to go pro very bad while others just played to be part of the team, for the fun) - not an ideal coaching environment - coaching was focused on short- term success only not at long-term success at all - high pressure when wanting to succeed in Athletics and Academics

Advice to the coaching staff...

- focus on long-term process (and also think about student-athletes that want to play AFTER college as well) - make Roster smaller (to have more similar levels of playing) - the strength and conditioning training plans have to be more individualistic and have more structure (not always the same things) - coaching should include more positivity