Lacrosse Coach Sees Improvement in First Year Using Hudl

Jake Murphy made the leap to Hudl, and has seen his team buy in and improve in just their first season.

Lacrosse Coach Sees Improvement in First Year Using Hudl

Jake Murphy made the leap to Hudl, and has seen his team buy in and improve in just their first season.

Change is a dif­fi­cult thing. It’s nev­er easy, and there’s always the ques­tion in the back of your mind if you made the right deci­sion or not. From some­thing as impor­tant as start­ing a new job, to try­ing a dif­fer­ent brand of cof­fee, that feel­ing is there.

Jake Murphy, head lacrosse coach at Haslett/​Williamston High School (Mich.), had that feel­ing when he signed his team up for Hudl. Before using Hudl, Murphy sim­ply had a par­ent record the game and get him a copy on DVD when she had the chance.

I would only have one copy and I was the only one able to watch films,” Murphy recalled. It wasn’t a good set­up at all.”

In fact, that DVD set­up is what led him to first hear about Hudl, and what it could offer. Needing video for an upcom­ing oppo­nent, Murphy asked anoth­er coach for help. He asked if I was on Hudl. I said No, I don’t even know what that is,’” Murphy said.

Murphy began to do his research into Hudl. With the abil­i­ty to upload video direct­ly from an iOS device, and the abil­i­ty to use stats to see spe­cif­ic parts of video, Murphy was close to com­mit­ting, he just need­ed input from one more group.

Before I could even get out of the coach­es office and get back to my house to have some din­ner I had guys tex­ting me When is film going to be up?’ and Why isn’t it up yet?’ Like, geez guys, I’m not even home yet, give me some time here.” Jake Murphy, head lacrosse coach at Haslett/Williamston High School (Mich.)

I asked my guys about it, because our foot­ball team here at the school uses it,” Murphy said. I asked them and they love it and that it worked real­ly well.”

So Murphy made the leap. He signed his team up, and has seen the ben­e­fits of what Hudl can offer in just their first year. Murphy has used the video as a teach­ing tool to show play­ers areas of improve­ment, and his play­ers have begun to take advan­tage of the tools as well.

My guys under­stand now and they’re able to see what they do wrong,” Murphy said. Not just us telling them what they’re doing wrong, they can actu­al­ly see it for themselves.”

His play­ers are so enthu­si­as­tic about Hudl, that Murphy some­times doesn’t even have the chance to take a breath before his mes­sages blow up.

Before I could even get out of the coach­es office and get back to my house to have some din­ner I had guys tex­ting me When is film going to be up?’ and Why isn’t it up yet?’ Like, geez guys, I’m not even home yet, give me some time here,” Murphy recalled.

I’m able to go back, look and say Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have yelled at this guy for this rea­son.’ This is why he did that or I see why now he made this pass instead of this pass.” Jake Murphy, head lacrosse coach at Haslett/Williamston High School (Mich.)

That men­tal­i­ty has per­me­at­ed Murphy’s entire pro­gram, even the low­er lev­els are watch­ing video. They [JV] watch some film so they can see what the var­si­ty is doing and how we do things because they run the same sys­tems we do,” Murphy said.

Hudl has also helped Murphy deal with the ins and outs that come with being a head coach. Game days can be hec­tic, so let­ting things slip hap­pens. With Hudl, Murphy can go back and cor­rect any­thing he might have missed.

I’m able to see things a lit­tle bit bet­ter [after­wards], offen­sive­ly and defen­sive­ly,” Murphy said. Being able to cor­rect things on the fly and not try to remem­ber every­thing, it’s hard to remember.”

It has also brought a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive for Murphy, help­ing him to build trust with his play­ers. I’m able to go back, look and say Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have yelled at this guy for this rea­son.’ This is why he did that or I see why now he made this pass instead of this pass,” he said.

Change can be scary. There will always be that voice in the back of your head, that feel­ing in your gut. Murphy had those feel­ings, but went for it any­way, and is see­ing the ben­e­fits of it. If you’d like to join coach­es like Jake Murphy, see what Hudl can do for your team.