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October 30, 2017

Carnegie Mellon Football Coach Rich Lackner Offers Recruiting Advice

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The Carnegie Mellon University Football team is coached by Head Coach Rich Lackner. Named head coach of Carnegie Mellon in 1986, Lackner has led the Tartans to a 203-110-2 (.648) record, 10 conference championships, and two NCAA playoff appearances in the last 31 years.

Lackner became the University’s all-time winningest coach, in 1998 and the 79th football coach in NCAA history to have 200 wins. Lackner is currently one of 15 active head coaches in all divisions with 200 career victories, and he is tied for third place in active Division III head coaches in total career wins. Coach Lackner is only the 34th coach ever to win all 200 games at the same school, and the 11th at the Division III level, and has been named the UAA Coach of the Year six times.

LRT Sports: What is the most important quality you look for in a recruit?

Coach Lackner: Academic admissibility.

LRT Sports: What is the best way for a recruit to get on your radar?

Coach Lackner:  Complete an online football questionnaire for us.

LRT Sports: When should an athlete contact you, what is the best way? (age, grade, time of year, email, phone, or other)

Coach Lackner: Complete our online football questionnaire – Best to do in 10th grade.

LRT Sports: What are your expectations for incoming players in the classroom, in the weight room, and on the field?

Coach Lackner:  Commitment and competitiveness in academics and athletics.

LRT Sports: What are the do’s and don’ts of being recruited?

Coach Lackner: Be a great communicator and be honest.

LRT Sports: What is the best advice you can offer a recruit?

Coach Lackner: Make good decisions in all aspects of your life.

LRT Sports: What really jumps out to you when reviewing a recruit’s highlight tape?

Coach Lackner: Flexibility, speed, “motor”, and someone who gives 100%.

LRT Sports: What are the main do’s and don’ts for a recruit’s highlight tape?

Coach Lackner: Include as many plays as possible and show all of your skills.

LRT Sports: When do you recommend recruits put together and share their highlight reels? Is it best to make their highlight reel during offseason, in the middle of season, or after each game?

Coach Lackner: Halfway through the season and at the end of the season.

LRT Sports: What advice do you have for recruits who get turned down by their dream schools? What are their options if they don’t gain the recruiting attention they desire?

Coach Lackner: Understand that there are disappointments in life. We can’t take everybody and our recruiting is position-specific.

LRT: Sports: How big a factor is social media when recruiting players? What advice do you have for athletes regarding social media?

Coach Lackner: STAY away from social media. It can only hurt you!

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