Hey everyone, Coach Schmidt here.

I'm the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Palm Beach Atlantic and this is the first post on our Building The Program blog. Our goal is to give you an inside look at what it's like building a program at the NCAA Division 2 level. We'll certainly have our work cut out for us, as our men's and women's lacrosse programs join the Sunshine State Conference.

It's been a wild ride thus far, with Coach Tempone getting hired to lead the men in August and myself on the women's side in September. As we approach the Christmas season, I'm reminded that we are roughly nine months from the moment when our initial recruiting classes arrive in sunny South Florida for Welcome Week 2017.

Whoa.

It's pretty exhilarating to see your vision begin to come to fruition, even in small doses.