Eddy Glazener ’12 plays professional lacrosse for the Premiere Lacrosse League’s Redwoods. Eddy played lacrosse all four years at Bishop’s and was captain his junior and senior year. He went on to compete at Notre Dame, where he had a stellar career. As a starting defenseman his junior and senior seasons, he helped lead the Fighting Irish to ACC regular season championships and spots in the NCAA Championship both seasons. In 2020, Eddy was named in the top ten best lacrosse players in the world by ESPN’s Inside Lacrosse. He currently lives in New York and travels to the west coast to compete in the summer. Lucas Buu-hoan ’21 recently interviewed Eddy.
When did you start playing lacrosse?
I actually showed up to Bishop’s in seventh grade; that’s when I first started playing. I had played baseball before that. It was kind of the new cool sport that a lot of the kids were playing. When the time came to sign up for a sport in seventh grade, I ultimately went with lacrosse and never looked back after that.
Seventh grade seems pretty old to start playing for the first time.
I started when I was 13. I’d say that was very late though. East Coast kids are starting out when they are six and even California kids who were at an elite level had a head start. But at the same time, as someone who grew up playing soccer, basketball, baseball and football, and then at 13 after playing all these sports for the past seven-eight years, it was easy for me to be introduced to a completely new sport and be able to focus on it.
There are people who definitely get burnt out, beyond sports, instruments, you name it, that after a certain amount of time are like, “I don’t want to do this anymore.” I think I started at such a good time to where in high school, I was getting so much better and starting, I guess, to fall in love with the sport
You went to Notre Dame (UND). How was your experience with recruitment and do you think Coach Septa, being a UND alum, influenced your decision?
Our two coaches, Steve Sepeta, who played for Notre Dame, and Hamilton Pollard, who played at Penn State, had a strong influence in my decision to look at playing at the next level. It’s ultimately in the back of your head at all times. If you’re a competitor and love what you do, no matter what it is, you start thinking about the next step. But I think they were very influential to me toward the end of my sophomore year. Steve, I found out way later, certainly nudged his alma mater to give me a hard look and give me an opportunity.
It actually didn’t end up working perfectly. They had seen me play at a few tournaments and I didn’t play my best lacrosse at the tournaments they attended. Steve could vouch for my character and work ethic. By the time all the guys were committed to colleges and recruitment classes were filling up going into senior year, I was going to play at Amherst, a DIII. A few weeks before senior year started, I had a few very good tournaments. That was when the calls started coming in from programs that had an extra recruiting spot or could make an extra spot for me, and one of those was Notre Dame. Between Steve Sepeta talking about what the school has done for him and visiting the campus and knowing how great the program was, it was a no-brainer at the end of the day.
How did strength and conditioning coach Charlie Johnson’s program prepare you for college?
Charlie adapted his workouts for whatever sport we were playing. A cardiovascular-demanding sport like basketball or lacrosse required a different workout than a sport like football, and he started opening my eyes to how to get a little bit of an edge and how to get a few percentage points better as an athlete by putting the time in in the gym and on the field. Even after I went to Notre Dame, I would come back in the summer and always do his summer programs, and when I went back to college, I was a little bit faster, a little bit stronger. He was always there to help me develop my game; that helped put me over the edge athletically.
Being a student-athlete is hard. How did you manage it?
When you’re involved with any type of extracurriculars - and that goes beyond sports, whether it’s Acting Workshop, yearbook, or whatever - it just keeps you grounded. Whenever you have responsibilities not only to yourself, like homework, but for your team, you start to really become focused on what the most important things are. It’s so easy to get out of school at 3:00 and say, “I’m going to dog it for the next three hours and chill on the quad and get my homework done later.” But when you have practice at 6 p.m. or practice at 3:30 p.m. and you have a game the next day and you want to get to bed early, you’re trying to get home, trying to get your work done because you have a responsibility to your team or your organization and you owe it to your teammates to perform. It was the same way at Notre Dame.
Any tips for Bishop’s student-athletes?
Make sure you use all the resources at your disposal. Not just Charlie – who I would hope everyone has the opportunity to work with, because he really knows his stuff – but also your coaches. They’re knowledgeable about the sport and they can be good mentors if you respect them and ask them for advice. Use them in ways that go beyond just playing the sport. Enjoy the time with your teammates. I don’t want to play it down, but I would hope when you’re all older, you won’t be talking about the time you won CIF; there will be a lot more important things in life, so make sure you enjoy the time you spend with your teammates and classmates, because you may not have another experience like that for the rest of your life.
Also, take it seriously to an extent. You need to show up on time, you need to go to the workouts, and you need to perform at a game because when you go on to college or when you go on to work real jobs, no one is going to be there to hold your hand along the way. Use the time at Bishop’s – and especially in sports – to learn about responsibility, being timely and taking care of everything you need to take care of, because the same thing is going to happen when you get to college or you move on to the real world. Consider sports a class.