This is a really important post to me. I have been a fan of Jovan Miller since his days at Syracuse. He was born and raised in central New York so of course Cuse was where he would want to go. When I first got on twitter he was one of the first followers I ever had. Needless to say I was honored. That was his senior year at Syracuse. After that he was drafted to the Charlotte Hounds of the MLL. My daughter and I sat near his parents when they came to Annapolis to play the Bayhawks. After the game we went down and talked to him and he signed a ball that is still in my daughters room. I recently attended a Bayhawks game which is his current MLL team and got to chat for a little while after. I have wanted to be able to feature player interviews on here from the beginning so I figured he was the perfect person to be first. These answers are directly from him word for word.
proctorpac: What age were you and what made you want to play lacrosse?
Jovan: I was 13 years old when I asked to play lacrosse. I was flicking through the channels and Syracuse was playing Princeton in the National Championship. I asked my mom right after the game if she would buy me a stick.
proctorpac: Favorite Lacrosse moment?
Jovan: Favorite lacrosse moment would probably be winning the 2009 National Championship vs Cornell, especially in the fashion we won it.
proctorpac: Go to song to get pumped up before a game?
Jovan: Any Drake song
proctorpac: Favorite place to eat when you go back to the Cuse?
Jovan: Definitely Dinosaur BBQ
proctorpac: Favorite stick set up Head, and shaft/
Jovan: I like the Brine Clutch or Warrior Evolution 2.0, Shaft I’m not too picky on.
proctorpac: Favorite Movie
Jovan: Coach Carter
proctorpac: How has coaching at Queens University changed the way you are as a player?
Jovan: I think coaching at Queens has helped me pace myself through the course of a game much better. I can dissect each possession on and off the field, and understand the game within the game so much better because I’m a coach now.
proctorpac: What do you think is the most important way we can help grow lacrosse?
Jovan: The most important way to grow lacrosse is honestly making it more affordable for all walks of life. Some walks of life feel like they are being boxed out of getting into the sport because of cost.
proctorpac:Tell me one thing you would want kids to know that is important to get to the next level?
Jovan: Best piece of advice to give to a kid to get to the next level is to remind yourself everyday that there are thousands and thousands of kids just like you who want the same thing. Ask yourself: “Why do I deserve this over them?”
proctorpac: How important is it to you that your parents try and make it to every game they can?
Jovan: When I played in college I think my parents coming to my games was a big deal. The four years you have to be a collegiate student-athelete are the most sacred ones, the professional games was extra. Although it is great for my fans to see who I represent with every breath but the pros has a different feel.
I want to thank Jovan for taking the time to answer my questions. I know he is busy finishing up his graduate degree at Queens University as well as playing for the Bayhawks. I hope this gives you all a little insight to a player that maybe you don’t know much about. If you make it to a Bayhawks game be sure to say hi to him. As always thanks for following me on this great journey as I try to #LaxThePlanet