Jumping In on the Premier Lacrosse League with Chaos Head Coach Andy Towers (The Jedburgh Podcast Short-Form Series)
The Jedburgh Podcast
Head coach of the Premier Lacrosse League’s Chaos Lacrosse Club Andy Towers joins Fran Racioppi for the third time to talk about winning against all odds as he took the Chaos to the PLL Championship for the third straight year with a less than 3% chance of making it. They cover the challenges the team faced as they started the season without many of their top players due to a schedule conflict between the PLL and the National Lacrosse League Indoor Box season. Andy explains how he had to motivate both himself and his team as they struggled to find their chemistry and play together mid-season while the rest of the league continued to improve at the same pace. Leadership is about inspiring others towards a common goal. Leadership is about knowing what your true capability is and relentlessly pursuing your path, against all odds.Learn more about Andy Towers on Twitter at @andytowersPLL and follow the Chaos Lacrosse Club at @PLLCHAOS on all social media. Find more episodes on The Jedburgh Podcast Website and check out our video versions of all episodes on YouTube. Subscribe to us and follow @jedburghpodcast on all social media. Highlights:-0:00 Welcome back to the Jedburgh Podcast (for the third time!)-5:05 The personnel shortage Chaos faced to start the season-8:08 The difference between the NLL and the PLL-9:37 Andy Towers’ process to keep the team focused on making the playoffs-14:06 Becoming a dangerous team in the playoffs-18:50 The Chaos makes the 2022 PLL Championship Game-24:33 Debriefing 2022 and turning to 2023Quotes:-”Our team faced obstacles that no other team in any professional sport has ever had to face.” (5:22)-”We didn’t even start to get connected until we got our players back.” (8:01)-”Our challenge was keeping these guys locked in and seeing with a broader lens where we needed to be.” (9:37)-”I have zero doubt that our team is the best team in the world.” (10:21)-”We have one goal; and that’s to make the PLL Championships.” (10:57)-“If we could make the playoffs we were going to be a problem. I was saying it after every game.” (13:13)-“They gave you a 2.8% chance…a probability of winning the championship.” (14:48)-”We became a dangerous team because we had nothing to lose.” (14:47)-”Take the blame yourself for things that go wrong and deflect the credit to the team when they do things well.” (18:37)This episode is brought to you by Jersey Mike’s, 18A Fitness, & Analytix Solutions.
Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcast Season 4, Ep. 2 In-Season Podcast with Andy Towers
In this podcast, recorded April 4, 2022, Jamie and Andy discuss the top teams and games from this past weekend, pick an Axia TIme National Player of the Week, and give their predictions on upcoming games.
On August 11, the Chaos were given a 3.2% chance of winning the Premier Lacrosse League. They were the sixth seed going into the playoffs and were given no respect. Today, they are the 2021 PLL champions.Head Coach Andy Towers joins host Fran Racioppi on the first follow-up episode of The Jedburgh Podcast proving that his goal to peak at the right time was achievable. Coach Towers explains how he focused the team to play the same style of game, how he valued chemistry over raw talent in personnel decisions, the resiliency the team showed after starting the season 0-3, and how the best players prepared relentlessly for precision execution. Read the full episode transcription here and learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website.Highlights:-The importance of creating a team culture in which every player is playing the same style and with the same goals.-How chemistry was the critical component to success on the 2021 team; a value that led to difficult personnel decisions for some of the top-rated players.-Coach Towers provides a detailed breakdown of the playoff run, the resiliency in the semifinal game after going down in the second quarter, and the tactics he used to keep the team focused on the big picture and playing their game. -Fran and Andy highlight the leadership and work ethic of some of the key players, including PLL MVP Blaze Riorden and Defenseman Jack Rowlett.-Coach Towers evaluates his performance in the league after initially being deemed an alternate head coach and having gone on to win Coach of the Year, a PLL Championship and second place finish. Quotes:-“The only opinions that matter are the opinions of the people in your locker room.”-“Balance in all areas is something that you strive for.”-“Finding that commonality, that binding element that creates a better group than they are a group of individuals “-“A team that is connected can become dangerous very very quickly”-“We were able to peak at the right time and prove that chemistry is the most important factor as it relates to winning the PLL championship.”-“Responsibility is for the group. Accountability is for yourself.”-“It’s easy to be team first when you are in the lineup…you find out who is truly, authentically in it for team success when you take them out of the lineup.”-“Everything in our locker room is a conversation.”-“Instead of us going into the locker and losing our minds, it was us going into the locker room and regaining our mind.”-“Make them have to manage us…make them have to deal with us.”-“The 2021 Chaos Lacrosse Club accomplished its goal…but we go into 2022 with the 2022 Chaos Lacrosse Club.”Chaos Lacrosse Club Offseason Foundations to Success:-Don’t forget the importance of remaining connected-Next season is a new and unique opportunity-Have fun and enjoy playing This episode is brought to you by 18A Fitness and Analytix Solutions.
OTB Episode 188: 2021 Premier Lacrosse League Championship Game Recap With Chaos Head Coach Andy Towers
Outside The Box Podcast
KB & DJ are BACK and Chaos are your 2021 PLL Champions! The guys recap the game, give their analysis of Chaos' approach, and how awesome it was to see a ton of our guys be crowned PLL Champs. Then 2021 PLL Champion Head Coach Andy Towers joins the show (36:45-1:25:15) and talks about the game from his perspective, his team's underdog mentality, the Chaos defense not getting nearly enough talk that it deserves, and so much more! LFG!! Then the guys wrap up this week's episode with a recap of the PLL offseason awards and a MASSIVE thank you to OTB Nation for all of the continued and new support throughout the summer. We are JUST getting started and we love you crazy suckers! Follow Us! Twitter: @UndergroundPHI @OTBLaxPod Kyle: @KBizzl311 Dom: @WashedLifestyle Harrison: @harrygk83 DJ: @SCs_nextgreat Instagram: @undergroundphi @otblaxpod @kicksbycarly Send your mailbag questions: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: undergroundsportsphiladelphia.com Twitch: twitch.tv/undergroundsportsPHI Merch & Apparel: NEW MERCH STORE COMING SOON! Manscaped Promo Code: "USP" for 20% off AND free shipping Tomahawk Shades Promo Code: "USP" to save 25% off at checkout Statesidevodka.com Promo Code "USP for 10% off the 1-Liter bottle (must be 21+ to order & please drink responsibly) Intro Music: Arkells "American Screams" Outro Music: Arkells "American Screams" --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/otblaxpod/message
Chaos LC head coach Andy Towers (New Canaan, Conn.) joins the show to discuss the upcoming Premier Lacrosse League Championship Game against Whipsnakes LC, life as a PLL head coach, and breaking down differences in the college and pro games.
#022: Premier Lacrosse League - Chaos Head Coach Andy Towers
The Jedburgh Podcast
Coaches are teachers, mentors, role-models, friends, and parents to many athletes. For most of us, Coaches impact and influence our lives during our most impressionable years. They drive us to be our best and give it everything. They show us that winning is the product of the team effort. They push us back out there when we fail. No matter what sport we play, or what level we play at, coaches lead. Andy Towers is the Head Coach of the Chaos Lacrosse Club in the Premier Lacrosse League. He is a member of the United States Lacrosse Connecticut Hall of Fame ,as well as the Brown University Sports Hall of Fame. He is a world champion, multiple time All American, All Ivy and All New England; and the Ivy League Player of the Year. He was the 2019 coach of the year in the PLL's inaugural season. Read the full episode transcription here and learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website.Highlights:-Andy recounts the start of the Premier Lacrosse League, how he was selected as a coach, and how the PLL is the highest level of competition in lacrosse.-The characteristics coaches look for in building a team from scratch and the difficulty in selecting and managing the best players in the world.-Andy shares the lessons of bounceback through his difficult Junior year at Brown where despite his lacrosse All-American status, he failed out of school and was forced to re-apply after demonstrating a change in attitude and behavior. -Andy defines the ‘the decision to fail’ and explains that success is the product of proactively doing everything you can to succeed. -The importance of the athlete-coach partnership today and what coaching style works best for today’s teams. -How to display authenticity and real-ness to build trust, community and ownership among the players, coaches and staff. Quotes:-”Our only goal is to win the PLL championship.”-“You don’t have to be a great player. You have to be a great teammate. You have to be a great competitor. You have to choose focus. You have to choose toughness.” -“It was the most humiliating experience I have ever had, but the best thing that has ever happened to me, because it created a bounceback opportunity.”-”What sets you free is knowing you did everything you could proactively.”-”As coaches, your players and the culture of the program are going to take on the characteristics you consistently show them.”-“Everything that we do, we are going to have a purpose to it and we are going to be able to verbally defend why we are making these decisions.”-“There is no other way to be with people, than to be straightforward; and honest; and proactive.”-“Your success is the team’s success. And the team’s success is your success.”-“The best players are the ones who appreciate the importance of being zero maintenance as people, players and teammates.”Coach Towers's Three Daily Foundations to Success:-Get a workout in-Handle my business administration-Make sure my family knows I love themThis episode is brought to you by Analytix Solutions; improving the efficiency of your business across people, process and technology through multi-divisional outsourcing solutions.
OTB Episode 165: #TradedWard, Andy Towers' Bandits, & Pro Lacrosse Hall Of Fame
Outside The Box Podcast
Kyle and Harrison are back and just like we said when Episode 164 ended, BIG MOVES HAPPENED WHEN WE SIGNED OFF! The guys detail the big deadline deals before Training Camp involving Dillon Ward, Wes Berg, Chris Cloutier, and a whole lotta future picks. Then they try to figure out who Andy Towers' favorite historical Canadian Bandit is, discuss the Pro Lacrosse Hall Of Fame, and more! Follow Us! Twitter: @UndergroundPHI @OTBLaxPod Kyle: @KBizzl311 Dom: @WashedLifestyle Harrison: @harrygk83 Instagram: @undergroundphi @otblaxpod @kicksbycarly Send your mailbag questions: email@example.com Website: undergroundsportsphiladelphia.com Twitch: twitch.tv/undergroundsportsPHI Merch & Apparel: NEW MERCH STORE COMING SOON! Manscaped Promo Code: "USP" for 20% off AND free shipping Tomahawk Shades Promo Code: "USP" to save 25% off at checkout Statesidevodka.com Promo Code "USP for 10% off the 1-Liter bottle (must be 21+ to order & please drink responsibly) Intro Music: Arkells "American Screams" Outro Music: Arkells "American Screams" --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/otblaxpod/message