In addition to playing for the Ohio Machine in his eighth Major League Lacrosse season, Chazz Woodson spends majority of his time off the field training and coaching lacrosse athletes all over South Florida through Chazz Woodson Lacrosse and Dade Lacrosse. Woodson’s main focus with his coaching is to increase the growth of lacrosse in areas where the sport is not well known.
“Coaching is one of my favorite things to do; it’s in my blood,” said Woodson. “My father and grandfather were both coaches, and I have a wealth of educators throughout my family. When I’m around kids that love the game and want to get better, it’s a joy to work with them every day.”
Woodson, who is also currently a sixth-grade teacher in Miami, describes his love of coaching as purely selfish because he enjoys being able to pass his knowledge of lacrosse onto the kids just as much as the kids love to play the sport. With his coaching, Woodson pushes his players to work on the aspects of the game he both struggles and succeeds in so that they can excel even further on the field and reach the top level of lacrosse where Woodson sits now.
“The best moments by far are seeing players develop a sense of confidence,” said Woodson. “It’s the moments that when they finally realize how good they are or when the work they put in begins to manifest on the field is what matters to me the most. I just enjoy the opportunity to motivate and inspire young people and people in general. Mentoring never stops; as long as I still enjoy coaching I will find a way to do so.”
Woodson holds camps and clinics throughout South Florida and currently has registration open for his latest camp from June 10 to June 14 in Miami, Florida. To sign up for this camp, click here. Woodson is also available for speaking engagements, as well as individual training sessions throughout the year and can be reach by clicking here.