Mitch Belisle carries many hats in his life: both on the lacrosse field and in the business world.
While the defenseman from Severna Park, Maryland, can stop opposing players in their tracks, he is also proficient at setting his teammates up for scoring opportunities on the other end of the floor. Belisle recorded a team-high two forced turnovers against the Toronto Rock on January 25th and followed that performance up with four assists (all coming in the first half) in an overtime victory against the Rock on February 8.
Belisle also assists young lacrosse players for a living in his full-time position with Trilogy Lacrosse. He is a frequent traveler, flying from coast to coast hosting lacrosse clinics and spearheading the company’s marketing plan.
In the following Q+A session, find out how Belisle manages all of these diverse roles, but also maintains his status as being “Mr. Luxurious.”
Satzinger: You’re a defenseman but have been able to work the offensive side of the floor effectively throughout the season racking up assists. Do you consider yourself a two-way player in that respect?
Belisle: I have guys around me that do a great job of putting themselves in great places. They’ve been working really hard to get in the right position to score. I’m pretty much a defensive guy, but with all of the offensive weapons we have on this team we can get up and push the ball up the floor. So when I get the opportunity to get going in transition I try to take advantage.
Satzinger: I understand that you work for Trilogy Lacrosse full-time. What specifically do you do for the company?
Belisle: I’m the director of marketing. We run lacrosse clinics and summer camps all across the country. We get anywhere between 9,000 and 10,000 kids each year, so we really need to make sure we put the right instructors in place to help them get better. That’s a big part of my job.
Satzinger: As a professional lacrosse player who is involved in the community, running clinics full-time, the sport seems to have a great impact on your life. What’s your favorite thing to do when not playing lacrosse?
Belisle: I honestly am almost always on a lacrosse field, but in the times I’m not, I like to stay outdoors and active. In the winter I like to ski as much as I can. When we play in Colorado I like to sneak a day in there. In the summer I enjoy boating and being on the beach, but ultimately I just really like spending time with my friends and family.
Satzinger: Your nickname is “Mr. Luxurious.” How did that come about?
Belisle: It’s a little bit of a joke between me and some friends. We try to embrace luxury in whatever we are doing. Whether it’s taking a team bus somewhere or on the lacrosse field, it’s really just trying to do something luxurious each and every day.
Satzinger: You grew up in Maryland, went to school in New York and came to the Swarm in the 2011 Boston Blazers dispersal draft. How was your transition from the East Coast to Minnesota?
Belisle: It’s been great. The East Coast has been up and down with weather this year, so coming here is good. I’ve always kind of gone all over the place, but I don’t think that an East Coast winter has prepared me for a Swarm winter. But, I’ve really enjoyed Minneapolis/St. Paul, and the fans. The support that we get here from them is great.
Satzinger: We’re now at the midpoint of the 2013 season. What do you think the team needs to do in order to get back to .500 and have some momentum heading into the playoffs?
Belisle: A big part of us getting back on track is no one person trying to do too much. We all need to do a little bit better at our individual jobs and roles, which when we get clicking and into a flow, can be an extremely dangerous combo.
Satzinger: This weekend the Swarm head out to Washington. Minnesota beat the Stealth at home last month, but Washington is now second in the NLL in scoring. As a defenseman, what can you do to disrupt that high-powered attack?
Belisle: We need to continue to communicate and play the way that has allowed us to have had success in the past – by using our athleticism and forcing teams to make decisions they don’t want to in a settled offense. Plus, providing a spark from our ‘D’ end to create transition always makes things easier on our ‘O’ and tougher on the other team’s offense.