Adam Hardy ’16 recently interned for LB3 Lacrosse, one of the nation’s premier instructional lacrosse organizations. Based in Atlanta, Ga., LB3 instructs thousands of young players across the country with the goal of developing both their game and their love for the game.
In his role over the summer, Hardy coached teams ranging from the 11-and-under and 18-and-under age divisions, provided private lessons, corresponded with local coaches, and developed and maintained a product inventory. A large portion of the internship also consisted of traveling to tournaments and camps across the country, where he sold lacrosse apparel. Throughout the internship, he also coached one of LB3’s eight national teams at games in Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania.
“He was excellent with parents and kids,” says LB3 Director of Sales Mark Rowley ’82, who worked closely with Hardy. “His knowledge of the game helped him connect with parents shopping for their kids. His enthusiasm and professionalism were a joy to be around.”
Rowley also explains that after Hardy’s impressive work at tournaments early on in the summer, the LB3 staff asked Hardy to be the “point man” for a four-day camp run by Syracuse Head Lacrosse Coach John Desko P’15. Hardy was responsible for ensuring that the day-to-day operation of the camp ran smoothly, checked in with campers each day, made sure athletic trainers were properly set up, and took charge of equipment.
“Mark provided me with invaluable insight and taught me a lot about the business side of the company,” says Hardy. “Working under the guidance of a Hobart graduate made the experience that much better.”
Previously, Hardy coached at the John Desko Camp, and served as a student assistant coach for the Hobart lacrosse team in 2015 after playing on the team from 2011 to 2014. Hardy serves as a student athletic trainer for the Colleges.
“My time at HWS has taught me how to maintain a strong work ethic and be personable and effective with people,” says Hardy. “Being able to communicate in a professional way is something I have taken seriously. Everything that Coach Greg Raymond, Coach Peet Poillon, and Coach Jeremy Hirsch have taught me about hard work, being the best person you can be, and doing the best job you can translate into working at LB3.”
An American studies and history double major, Hardy says that his coursework and faculty mentors were instrumental in helping him succeed at the internship.
“My professors, Laura Free and Clifton Hood have helped me the most overall,” Hardy says. “They have always pushed me in the classroom to try and do the best I can, and I have had extensive conversations with them about future career possibilities.”
Hardy hopes to continue coaching and working for lacrosse organizations. “I loved the internship. It really wasn’t work; every day I was doing something that I love to do,” he says.