January 2, 2014

Give and Go: USA/Furman's Richie Meade

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

Coach Meade is preparing to lead his first Furman team, while simultaneously working to get Team USA ready for the FIL World Championships in Denver (John Strohsacker)

Team USA head coach Richie Meade, who is also entering his first year with the new Furman program, was our guest for the Give and Go interview in the January issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Didn't get a copy? Join US Lacrosse today to receive yours!

Who is your favorite athlete?

Muhammad Ali, because of the strength of his character and conviction. He's a tremendously courageous athlete in the ring, but even more courageous out of the ring. He stood on principle.

What's one thing you can't live without?

You have to have faith — in yourself, in your ability to deal with situations and figure things out and solve problems.

What's one thing that always puts you in a good mood?

My family. I've been married 15 years to my wife, Sue. I have three daughters: Jillian, Shannon Grace and Cassidy.

What's one thing lacrosse really needs?

Solidarity and leadership. Good leaders find solutions to problems. We have a lot of people who talk about problems and not a lot of people really looking for solutions. It's easier to do nothing.

What's been the proudest moment of your career?

Every time one of my ex-players does something significant with their lives. A lot of guys will call me when they finish Hell Week at BUD/S [to become a Navy SEAL; Meade coached Navy from 1994-2011], or get their wings as pilots. That's a very proud moment. When you get a call on Sunday night and the guys are all apprehensive about going through Hell Week and then on Friday morning when they secure it, that's pretty satisfying.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Jesus Christ. I just read the book "Killing Jesus."

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I wanted to be an accountant because my buddy's brother-in-law was an accountant and drove a nice car, but that was more in high school. What I wanted to be when I was younger was a soldier.

It's 2024 — Where are you and what are you doing?

I am preparing my 11th team to take on a lacrosse season at Furman University.

Where did you go on your last vacation?

My wife and I got a chance to get away for a day to New York recently. That's the last time we've been away together in quite some time.

Do you have any pregame rituals?

I like to wake up early the day of a game, leave my house early and be by myself. Usually work out, go into the office and kind of putz around; watch film and get ready for everybody to show up. It's introspective. I like being in the locker room. I like watching the jerseys go up. I like being alone, because once it starts, you're never alone.

Overtime (from North Carolina midfielder/wide receiver Mark McNeill)

What is your favorite TV show?

"The O'Reilly Factor," as pathetic as the sounds. He's honest.

Double Overtime (from Gavyn Wilson; Medford, N.J.)

Who was your biggest inspiration growing up?

My father. He was a good man. He was always there. If you know anything about leadership, you can't be a leader if you're not there. He was ethically very sound and made very good decisions. He was more concerned about substance than he was about superficial things. He was a guy that judged you for who you really were and not for what you pretended to be. He was tough and very compassionate.

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