Who the Buc are you?: lacrosse coach Sammi Reiter
This week, The Round Table sat down to interview new women’s lacrosse head coach, Sammi Reiter. Reiter brings an impressive playing and coaching resume to the women’s lacrosse team. Per Beloit College’s press release, Reiter “was a four-year member of both the Women’s Lacrosse and Women’s Hockey programs at Concordia Wisconsin. She was a three-year captain for the lacrosse team and a two-year captain in hockey. She was the Women’s Lacrosse MVP two times, All-MWLC First Team twice, including being the league Newcomer of the Year in 2012 and the Offensive Player of the Year in 2014, as well as IWLA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team in 2014. She was named CUW’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2013-14 and received Concordia’s Female Athlete Career Achievement Award in 2015. She is Concordia Women’s Lacrosse’s all-time leader in both career and season goals and points.”
RT: How did you get interested in coaching?
CR: I’ve played sports basically my entire life. I’ve had great experiences on the field, and coaching has been my way of giving back. I actually started coaching in high school: first helping out with hockey camp, and then working my way into lacrosse. It’s been fun being in such familiar territory as a coach, and just around sports in general.
RT: Who have been your biggest role models and mentors?
CR: I’ve had a lot of role models throughout my whole life. This might sound cheesy, but my dad is a really big role model. He’s always positive, never makes excuses, and gives one hundred percent in literally everything he does in life, which is really impressive to me.
I would also mention my college lacrosse coach. She really pushed me into making coaching a career. The way she invested her time into her players and really wanted the best for us is something I’ve used to shape my own coaching philosophy.
RT: On that note, how would you describe your own coaching philosophy?
CR: I coach because I’m very passionate about the sport and what I do. I’m really hoping to build an environment here that helps our players grow as people, athletes, and as students. I think that the best way to do that is to push them outside their comfort zone, both on and off the field. For instance, I’m particularly interested in getting them involved in the Beloit community, going to other games and events, participating in things that don’t involve lacrosse, and generally pushing them to do extra things that will offer valuable life lessons.
RT: What has the transition from Concordia Ann Arbor to Beloit been like for you?
CR: So far, the transition has been pretty easy. Everyone’s been extremely helpful and willing to help out in any way they can, from the girls on the team to the Vice President of the College.
Concordia Ann Arbor is also a small school, so that aspect of the transition has been easy. Recruiting here has also been easy. Beloit seems to attract a wide variety of students because there are so many different opportunities for people to find their niche.
RT: Now that you’ve been at Beloit for a little while, what are your first impressions? Is there anything about Beloit that’s been surprising to you so far?
CR: This hasn’t necessarily surprised me, but I’ve been very impressed by how supportive and passionate people are on this campus
RT: What’s your all-time favorite warm up song before a game?
CR: [Laughs] Personally, I’m musically challenged – I know plenty of songs, but not necessarily their titles. It’s really hard to pick just one good song.
RT: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
CR: I’m just excited to be here! I’m thankful for the opportunity, and I’m excited to get started.