Trio of Southlake Coaches Propels Michael Cox to Siena College Lacrosse Midfielder
Apr 20, 2016 08:28AM ● Published by Kevin
"I’ve had three great influences in my lacrosse career: Bart Sullivan, Nick Bumpass, and Delano Cairnero," he said.
"Coach Sullivan introduced me to a way of playing the sport of lacrosse that is revolutionary and different from the traditional ways of approaching the sport. He also introduced me to the mental side of the game and focused on mental toughness on the field and off the field as well.
"Coach Bumpass was the coach who always focused on the type of man that I was becoming as I progressed in my high school career. He is a class act and someone I hope to emulate when I am older.
"Coach Delano was my conditioning coach throughout high school and I still condition and lift with him in the off season and during my time at home in the summer. He is a great buddy of mine and someone who pushes me in the weight room and expects a 'beast' sort of mentality when it comes to playing lacrosse. I love all three of these gentlemen and can’t wait to reconnect with each of them when I return for the summer. I owe all that I have accomplished to the three of them."
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound midfielder chose Siena because of the chance to win multiple MAAC titles and hopes for a run at the NCAA championship before his time is up. Majoring in finance, Cox is also looking into pre-law in order to possibly follow into his father Kevin's footsteps.
Growing up in Southlake, Cox achieved a lot of milestones, including (as listed on Siena's website):
- U19 U.S. Junior Lacrosse Team selection competed at the U19 Indoor Challenge at Six Nations in Ontario
- Twice named to Texas Lacrosse Magazine's Top Midfielders List
- Amassed 23 goals and six assists and added 35 groundballs his senior year in being named a North District Honorable Mention selection
- Captained 2015 Southlake Carroll squad which won the Bob Patterson Trophy (Best High School Lacrosse team in Texas)
- Tabbed a 2015 Inside Lacrosse Texas Boys Invitational All-Tournament Team selection
- 2013 Adrenaline High Rollers All-Star
- Played select lacrosse for Blackwolf in Washington, D.C. and Texas United
"I speak when it is appropriate, but know that actions speak louder than words and try to convey my leadership through my hustle and attitude," he said. "I hope that I can be a captain on this team for multiple years and aspire to lead this team as it grows in the future."
He said he's adjusted well thus far on the field and has realized a newfound love of the game at a much faster pace.
"Freshman year has been very exciting," he said. "It is a huge transition from high school, but overall I have enjoyed my year. I have seen action in a handful of games and with the season drawing to a close I hope to appear more on the field in the coming games."
New York is different from Southlake, he said, in the sense of the climate (it's cloudier and colder), and the food (the subs are good, but he misses the Mexican food); however, most of all, Cox is still looking for that "uber-competitive" edge the city taught him growing up.
A Dragon since kindergarten, Cox felt the camaraderie of being apart of the community in Southlake, and felt that everyone pushes each other to be their best in their respective discipline.
"The atmosphere of Southlake was super competitive in the classroom and on the field and it forced me to demand the most out of myself and strive to be better than I even imagined that I could be," Cox said. "I still bleed green and will always be a Carroll Dragon at heart."
He concluded with a bit of advice for anyone growing up in Southlake and looking to get to the next level someday.
"I would like to say to all the aspiring Division 1 lacrosse players out there just this one thing," he said. "If a kid from Texas who first picked up a stick in 5th grade can become a Division 1 lacrosse player after growing up only playing baseball and football, then you can do the same and accomplish so much more than you thought you could.
"Keep your head down and work your tail off. Be the biggest hustler in practice and work to improve your game every second you can. If you can’t find the time, then make the time. Love this game and it will love you back … that I can guarantee you."
Images and video courtesy of Siena College Athletics.
Siena College Welcomes Former Dragon Michael Cox