Florida Southern College

Men's D2 Coach: Marty Ward
4 / 10
2,723 Undergrads / 3,154 Students
8 / 10
$25,325 Net Price
8 / 10
52% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Sunshine State (SSC)

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    City: Medium

Student Body
  • Male
  • Female
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
14 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
Overall Graduation Rate
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
61% / 68%
Calendar System
Religious Affiliation
United Methodist
On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.

Coach Recruiting Interview

Stickwork. Stickwork. Stickwork. Basic stick skills and ball control are the most important components of lacrosse. No matter how many different schools you are interested in, lacrosse is played the same everywhere and all coaches will look for players who demonstrate excellent stick skills. Therefore it is crucial to practice as frequently as possible and always work hard to improve your fundamentals.

Martin Ward, head coach of Florida Southern College (FSC) reinforced this importance when discussing what he looks for in players on the recruiting trail. Ward has led FSC for four seasons, just closing out an incredibly successful 2014 season with a final record of 11-4.

Ward is an accomplished coach, having been awarded co-Deep South Conference Coach of The Year in 2011, and vastly improving the men’s lacrosse program at FSC over his tenure.

What advice do you have for players interested in playing D2 lacrosse?

Figuring out where some of the coaches are going to be event-wise, expressing enough interest in the coaches program. When personally messaging the coach, we get those blanket emails and sometimes its dear coach, this and that, this and that, it’s just a blanket email to 150 coaches. Put something personal into the email about the school. Do a little bit of research and find a school that fits your size school, and find the athletic program that fits your skill zone as well, it will definitely help. Get in front of the coaches.

What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

Express strong interest in and knowledge of our program. That’s the best way to get on our radar. We seem to have a lot of success with guys that express interest in us not only our team as a lacrosse team, but also as an academic institution as well. Guys that want to be in Florida, they want to go to a smaller school, not a huge party school. Just a more low-key type, laid back atmosphere. We want the guys that want to be here, so we like the guys that are clearly expressing interest in Florida Southern. We will follow up with the homework and phone calls to find out if they would be a good fit for us.

What areas of player development would you recommend players to focus on?

Stickwork. Stickwork. Stickwork. 100%. Work on shooting, practicing ground balls. If you don’t have a good stick we’re not going to call you, it’s just the way it is. Athletes only get you so far. You need to have guys that can control the tempo of the game with their stick, that’s what the name of the game is. Stickwork is the biggest thing for us. When we’re talking to young high school kids and middle school kids, they need to be working the stick everyday. We prefer multi-sport athletes; playing a different sport in high school will help you in lacrosse.

What type of player do you look for–raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?

It depends on the position. For refined lacrosse players, a lot of times you find those guys on the attack or midfield positions, and they are skilled positions. Faceoff is definitely a refined position nowadays. Back in the day you could throw a football player in there and have him scruff for the ground ball, now it’s more technical. But defensively we could have a little more of a raw athlete. In the goal they could be a little bit more raw, more athletic, someone who is explosive to the ball. So offensive players more refined and then defensively we could have a little bit more of a raw athlete.

What is special about being a student-athlete at FSC?

Something that is special about being in our department as a student-athlete is the tradition of championships. We’ve won seven national championships at the Division II level, that’s not including individual championships for certain sports, that’s all team championships. There’s just a rich tradition of winning at Florida Southern.

How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

I think it has helped us 100%. Now we don’t have to worry about putting in a VHS or DVD, you can just click on the link and it’s all there. You can pull up files on your email and search easily. You can click on names in a recruiting software database and lookup all the information that you need on all the kids. Acceleration in terms of recruiting earlier and things of that nature, it has definitely helped us too because there are so many late bloomers looking for a home. They might have gotten overlooked because of the club team they played on or because of their size, and now they are coming into their own, and we’re definitely reaping the benefits in DII of a lot of these late bloomers that are looking for quality education and a great place to play. So it’s definitely helped DII, and it has helped us as a scholarship program to help get some of these better guys.

What are your do’s and don’ts, likes and dislikes of recruiting videos? If you have any.

We’re not looking for an interview on the video. So when there is a 2 ½ minute speech about who they are and what they do, that’s not really what I’m looking for. I’d rather have four minutes of good solid highlights where I can definitely tell who the player is. Don’t send a video of you playing against the worst team in the league where you scored ten goals. I would much rather watch a nice clip of you with a couple good possessions against a good team. Maybe you make some bad shots, maybe score a couple. It’s better than you just scoring 15 goals on a poor guy that just picked up a stick in the locker room before he went outside. You have to really look at what you want a coach to see.

Some final thoughts from Coach Martin Ward:

Division II lacrosse is growing so quickly across the country, not only for Florida Southern but for all the schools across the country that are playing D2 lacrosse now. when I played Division II ball there were maybe 20-30 teams in the early 2000’s, and now there a ton of programs playing DII lacrosse. So I think it’s a great option for students; guys who want to get out of the cold and come down south and play their heart out. You can actually feel your shaft when you’re playing lacrosse in January in Florida, that definitely helps. There’s a lot of great options out there, so kids need to just do their homework and understand that Division II lacrosse is getting very good. It’s quality lacrosse and they need to really be open to the opportunity.

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Team Road Trips

Road games generally stay around the Southeast and within Florida. The team has also traveled to Tampa for the Sunshine State conference. Other trips in the past include North Carolina for games against Belmont Abbey and Orlando.

Recruit Commits
Trevor Davis Marcus High School Highland Village, TX Goal
Michael Donahue Cincinnati Country Day Cincinnati, OH Def
Joseph Speziale Centereach High School Lake Grove , NY Mid
Jake Bradley Red Lion High School York, PA Def, LSM
Nolan Tighe Keller High School North Richland Hills, TX Att
Luke Henricksen Jonathan Law High School Milford, CT Faceoff, Mid
Mikey Wilburn Red Lion Red Lion, PA Att
Jack Losey Wheaton North High School Wheaton, IL Def
Connor McCord Creekside HS Saint Johns, FL Mid
Griffin Bruno West Windsor-Plainsboro South Cranbury , NJ Mid
trevor hatherly Battlefield High School Gainesville , VA Faceoff
Ryley Cole North Paulding High School Acworth, GA Att
Logan Rhoads Cherokee High School Marlton, NJ Def, LSM
Michael Simone Smithtown West Smithtown, NY Goal
Brendan Glasser Sachem East Farmingville , NY Mid
Dante Mendez Alonso high school Tampa, FL Mid, Faceoff
Josh Carpenter Pine Creek High School Colorado Springs, CO Mid, Att
Sean McCarty Fuquay-Varina Fuquay Varina, NC LSM, Def
Casey Campbell Manasquan HS Manasquan, NJ Att
Jack Frazee Lake Highland Prep Orlando, FL Mid
Jack Gualtieri Hartland HS Hartland, MI LSM
Camden J. Etten St. John Paul II Academy Boca Raton, FL Att
Tyler Madden Woodgrove HS Purcellville, VA Att
Griffin Phillips Jupiter Christian School Jupiter, FL Mid
Ryley Brohel Daniel Hand HS Madison, CT Def
Matthew Nastasi West Orange High School Winter Garden, FL Att, Mid
Matt Aldiero Verona Verona, Nj, 07044, NJ Def
Nicholas Shannon St. John Paul II Academy Boca Raton, FL Def
Christian Michelsen Grayson HS Loganville, GA Att
Sean Mattson Ward Melville East Setauket , NY Def, LSM
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
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Where Grads Live
  • Lakeland Florida Area
  • Orlando Florida Area
  • Tampa/St. Petersburg Florida Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
  • Sarasota Florida Area
  • Jacksonville Florida Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • West Palm Beach Florida Area
  • Greater Boston Area
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Area
  • Greater Chicago Area
  • Charlotte North Carolina Area
  • Greater Philadelphia Area
Where Grads Work
  • Polk County School Board
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Publix Super Markets
  • US Army
  • Orlando Health
  • Lakeland Regional Medical Center
  • Wells Fargo
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Walt Disney World
  • Bank of America
  • State Farm
  • SunTrust Bank
  • City of Lakeland
  • Darden
What Grads Do
  • Sales
  • Operations
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Healthcare Services
  • Media and Communication
  • Accounting
  • Support
  • Information Technology
  • Consulting
  • Community and Social Services
  • Human Resources
  • Arts and Design
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Test Scores
Critical Reading
520 - 610
550 - 620
1080 - 1270
22 - 30
20 - 26
24 - 29

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported. Historical writing ranges: 500 - 580 for SAT

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Applicants 8,034 2,686 5,348
% Admitted 52% 55% 51%
% Admits That Enroll 16% 18% 16%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.73 (weighted)
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    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Business (23%)
    Business Administration and Management, General (17%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (14%)
    Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General (13%)
    Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (10%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (8%)
    Social Sciences (8%)
    Education (6%)
    Communication & Journalism (6%)
    Accounting (6%)
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General (6%)
    Psychology (6%)
    Psychology, General (6%)
    Elementary Education and Teaching (5%)
    Organizational Communication, General (4%)
    Exercise Physiology (3%)
    Criminology (3%)
    Athlete graduation rate
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.


    Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

    Net price for all students (private non-profit and for profit institutions).

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    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$37,640
    Books & Supplies$1,250
    Cost of Living$11,860
    Personal Expenses$2,850
    Sticker Price$53,600

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    100% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship99%$25,844
    Federal Grants30%$4,852
    Pell Grants30%$4,601
    Other Federal12%$603
    State & Local Grants61%$7,421
    Institutional Grants99%$20,024
    Student Loans85%$7,437
    Federal Loans84%$5,667
    Other Loans10%$15,377

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Financial Assets $94.7 Million $30,021

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.


    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $24,880.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $15,921 $264

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 4.9%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 1,177 students.


    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $41,400

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.


    How long until this college investment pays off: 6.58 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 61% of students graduate on time.

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    Campus Safety
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 3 3
    Fondling 2 2
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault - -
    Burglary 5 5
    Motor Vehicle Theft - -
    Arson - -

    In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

    The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

    Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

    Carnegie Classifications
    Basic ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs
    Undergrad InstructionBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionResearch Doctoral: Single program-Education
    Enrollment ProfileHigh undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, small, highly residential

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