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The Suburbanite
  • Jackson coach Kevin Caudill fell in love quickly with lacrosse

  • It was love at first sight for Kevin Caudill.  When the young Jackson attorney picked up his first lacrosse stick he never dreamed it would become a life-changing event. Now Caudill is giving back to the sport he loves as an assistant coach with the Polar Bears lacrosse program.

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  • It was love at first sight for Kevin Caudill.  When the young Jackson attorney picked up his first lacrosse stick he never dreamed it would become a life-changing event. Now Caudill is giving back to the sport he loves as an assistant coach with the Polar Bears lacrosse program.
    Caudill’s introduction to lacrosse came during a trip to Chicago with a youth group from his church. “I met a kid from Connecticut,” Caudill remembers.  “He brought a couple of lacrosse sticks with him and I asked him all sorts of questions and played catch.  I was instantly obsessed with the game and from then on watched every game I could in person or on TV.”
    Caudill’s “obsession” led to an outstanding lacrosse career at Grove City College in western Pennsylvania.  He was voted team captain prior to his senior year and responded by scoring 30 goals and 22 assists. 
    “Playing at Grove City was a great experience,” Caudill said.  “One of the great things about playing college lacrosse is being able to travel and play against some great and historic teams.”
    During his sophomore season Caudill and his Grove City teammates traveled to College Park, Maryland, and beat the Terrapins at a tournament that also included Penn State and the U.S. Naval Academy.  Not bad for a small private school an hour north of Pittsburgh.
    Working with the varsity and junior varsity teams at Jackson “has been incredibly fun” he said.  “I consider myself very blessed to work with the kids, coaches and parents who love the game as much as I do,” Caudill said.  “I feel like I am getting the best of both worlds, being able to pursue my legal career by day and teaching lacrosse and coaching kids in the afternoons and evenings.”
    Caudill said the Polar Bears are working hard to finish the season on a positive note. 
    “It feels like we are starting to put the pieces together for a nice run to finish the season,” Caudill said.  “The varsity started the season with a very tough schedule and lost two close games to St. Ignatius and Hudson.  I think our best lacrosse is yet to come.”
    Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in Jackson.  “The interest in the youth program is growing immensely,” Caudill said.  “Kids as young as third grade practice a couple days a week.  It seems like every year there are more and more kids involved.  I think more and more kids are realizing that playing lacrosse will make you much better in other sports and visa versa.”
    Caudill is enjoying his dual career of attorney and soccer coach. “I love coaching and would probably do it for a long time if time permitted,” Caudill said.  “I think once you get involved in coaching it is hard to walk away, especially when it’s a sport that you have been around your whole life and are so passionate about.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Caudill credits his co-workers at the Day Ketterer law firm with making the daily transition from attorney to lacrosse coach an easy one.  “The people at Day Ketterer have been instrumental in helping me coach,” he said.  “Whether it is my secretary e-mailing me on my Blackberry or talking to me on the phone while I am riding the team bus to an away game or the managing partner asking how the team did in last night’s game, everyone has been very supportive.”
    Caudill said playing lacrosse at Grove City helped prepare him for his law career.
    “The time management, organization and leadership skills I learned helped immensely in law school, studying for the bar exam and even today in preparing for trial or the closing of a complex business transaction,” Caudill said.
    Caudill sees some of those same traits in many of this year’s Jackson players. 
    “We have several players who will undoubtedly go on to play in college,” Caudill said.  “And they will be leaders on their college teams, both on and off the field.”

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