Delbarton High Uses Video to Make History 

Head coach Matt Kovachik took his team to the top by dig­ging deep­er into their oppo­nents’ tendencies.

Delbarton High Uses Video to Make History 

Head coach Matt Kovachik took his team to the top by dig­ging deep­er into their oppo­nents’ tendencies.

The var­si­ty boys’ lacrosse team at Delbarton High proved, once again, they’re the team to beat across the nation. Led by first-year head coach Matt Kovachik, the Green Wave made his­to­ry this sea­son by win­ning their final 13 games, a Tournament of Champions Title 3-peat, and claim­ing Laxpower’s #1 nation­al lacrosse ranking.

While hard work, a deep tal­ent pool, top-notch coach­es and an excep­tion­al team cul­ture have helped this team excel, Delbarton also depends on a key tool to get them to the top—video.

It’s crit­i­cal to the suc­cess we have on the field,” Kovachik said. We play a nation­al­ly ranked sched­ule every year. So being pre­pared and under­stand­ing our oppo­nents, their strengths and ten­den­cies and being able to learn from our own mis­takes is a part of play­ing high school lacrosse at Delbarton.”

Although it’s Kovachik’s first year as a head coach for the pro­gram, he’s no rook­ie — he’s been the assis­tant coach for the var­si­ty team for the last 18 years. During his tenure, Kovachik has grown to under­stand the val­ue of video.

We have always had some use of video with our team. Back when I first start­ed it was VHS, then that went to copy­ing it to DVD. Then Hudl came on the scene it was just an obvi­ous ben­e­fit and great plat­form to not only store film, but break down film, then share that film,” Kovachik said.

It was real­ly an all-in-one tool for us to cov­er prac­tice films, scout films, game film — any­thing that we do with our kids to use for teach­ing purposes.”

To be the best, you have to beat the best — and one way to it is devel­op­ing a deep under­stand­ing of your oppo­nent and their tendencies.

Honestly every game there is a moment that shows up on the film then it appears on the field,” Kovachik said. And cer­tain­ly our kids can rec­og­nize the fact that they have seen that before, we have been able to talk about it in prac­tice and pre­pare for it.”

Delbarton is able to pick apart their oppo­nents before ever com­ing face-to-face with them.

If you’re using film, very lit­tle hap­pens dur­ing a game with­out some pri­or under­stand­ing of it happening.” Matt Kovachik

The Green Wave take Hudl even fur­ther, using Hudl Assist to break down their video. They’re able to gain deep­er insights through the pro­vid­ed data and reports. 

The prepa­ra­tion is real­ly crit­i­cal. It’s been great to have the games stat­ed and bro­ken down for us. All the vari­ety of data that comes from Hudl Assist is just fan­tas­tic,” Kovachik said. 

Besides the exten­sive stats, Assist gives Kovachik and his play­ers anoth­er major ben­e­fit — more time. 

Our play­ers are very busy with school work obvi­ous­ly and oth­er respon­si­bil­i­ties that they have off the field,” Kovachik said. 

Through the shar­ing of small­er clips of film of our oppo­nents, or being able to sort through the tags that Hudl Assist pro­vides us, we again can real­ly uti­lize the time we spend togeth­er but also the time we are away from each oth­er, at home or over the week­end, so we can make sure we are con­stant­ly mov­ing forward.” 

Since the time he used to spend sort­ing through hours of video was ded­i­cat­ed to more impor­tant things, the Green Wave now gets to cel­e­brate anoth­er suc­cess­ful sea­son and state championship. 

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