“It’s all over,” thought Drew House. “It’s literally just all over.”
Those words echoed through Drew House’s head the moment he tore his right acl. It was his first game back on the lacrosse field following extensive rehab, after tearing his left acl months prior. Even after two catastrophic knee injuries, the then St Joe’s senior still had a D-1 offer to play at Canisius.
“Just having someone who believed in me that I could get over that hump of being injured twice and that I could still come in and help out the program,” said House.
But after two seasons with the Griffs, House realized it was time to hang up the cleats. The choice to end his lacrosse career wasn’t an easy one for the junior.
“That was the scariest part for me to lose these guys,” said House. “They’re my best friends that I have.”
When he approached Mark Miyashita about his decision, the head coach in turn offered House a unique opportunity- he would be working with the faceoff players as a student coach.
“We had kind of formulated in our minds the plan that if he was going to decide to not play anymore that there would be a way to keep him involved in the program,” said Canisius Head Coach Mark Miyashita. “Just the fact that he came in last year, and I’ve only known him for a year and he respected me enough to offer me a coaching position was pretty huge.”
For both the head coach and student coach, it’s been a learning process.
“He does a great job of being able to communicate some things that we night not necissarily see,” said Miyashita. “I think it goes the other way with the guys being able to tell them ‘hey this is what the coaches are looking for this is why we’re doing what we’re doing.'”
And for House, as a sports management major, he says things couldn’t have worked out any better.
“It’s defintiely a match made in heaven I think,” said House.