Leadership & Mentality
Philly Blast believes in helping young athletes develop leadership skills and mental toughness, both of which are extremely important not only for playing lacrosse at the next level, but also for being successful in life.
In the winter and early spring, we offer a leadership course for middle and high school players (8th-10th grade). This classroom series facilitates discussion on what it means to lead on and off the field, how to hold teammates accountable, and how to help refocus teammates when they are down or distracted. Players work through Jeff Jansen’s “Team Captain’s Leadership Manual” and learn what it takes to be a leader regardless of skill level or age!
In conjunction with our winter leadership course, we also hold a classroom series for mentality training with our sports psychologist, Diana Caramanico (read more about Diana below). Diana helps players develop productive patterns of thought during time of high and low performance. Mentality training helps players acquire the proper tools and knowledge for controlling emotions in all situations. Training will also take place during our practice times throughout the summer!
About Diana Caramanico
Diana Caramanico, MAPP, is one of the most accomplished basketball players in the Philadelphia area. A 2001 graduate of the Wharton School of business at the University of Pennsylvania, she finished her career as the all time leading scorer in both the Ivy League and the Philadelphia Big Five. Having been named MVP of each league three times, she holds numerous single game, season and career records in both leagues for both offense and defense. Most notably, she is the leading scorer at Penn for both men and women and is the leading scorer among all Big 5 women with 2,415 points. As a two-time captain, she led the Penn women’s program to its first ever Ivy League championship and appearance in the NCAA tournament. Upon graduation she played professionally in Strasbourg, France for two years where she led the league in scoring both years. After assisting the girls’ team at Germantown Academy (her alma mater- GA ’97) for 2 years and Penn Charter for 1 year, she was named the head coach of the Penn Charter girls’ team beginning the 2006-2007 season. In 2007, was inducted into the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame in May, 2012. In August of 2011, she received a master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and has launched her own business called Corpus Mensque (Latin for “body and mind”) to train both athletes and non-athletes in the competencies of resilience and mental toughness, and well-being: skills that are vital, but infrequently taught at any level of schooling or athletics.
In addition to working with Philly Blast’s players, Diana also works with the Villanova Women’s Lacrosse team and since 2012, has been a facilitator on a training team of select individuals who train the competencies of resilience to soldiers in the U. S. Army as part of a Pentagon initiative.