Q & A with new lacrosse coach Allison Cumper

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by Taylor Isenberg
News and Opinion Editor

Allison Cumper is the head women’s lacrosse coach at Rochester College.

What brought you to RC and why do you choose to work here?

I received an Instagram message from someone I knew at Oakland [University]’s lacrosse program where I played, and he said RC was looking for a women’s coach. I reached out to Klint and asked him if that was the case. I decided to work here because I felt comfortable here on campus, and at ease. Coaching college lacrosse was also a dream of mine.”    

What’s the easiest and hardest part of your job? Why? Is your job more difficult or easier at different parts of the year?

“The easiest part is being able to wear athletic clothes to work. I like talking to people, so some of my favorite parts are bringing new students to campus. But starting when I did [spring of 2018], it was hard because a lot of seniors had already committed to other schools and just getting the word out that there was a lacrosse program here.”

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

“Being able to introduce new players to the sport, and also to be able to share my experiences playing athletics in college, and hope that my players can gain those experiences as well, like gaining close friendships that last forever and look back on their time playing lacrosse in college. Also helping them to afford college through scholarships.”

What do you do outside of your job to stay sane, relieve stress, etc?

“I enjoy spending time with my family. Going to my parent’s house for dinner once a week. I like to walk outside and get back into shape to be able to go out and run again. I shop a lot. I like to clean, it’s just something that relaxes me.”

Where did you grow up? Describe.

“I grew up in Clarkston, Michigan. My parents live on 4 acres and it’s in the middle of the woods. I didn’t like it as much in high school because it took my friends forever to get there. Growing up in Clarkston, it’s a town that is very centered on athletics, so always wanting to be apart of that and feeling pressure to participate in sports in high school. I have two brothers who play lacrosse, and that’s how I got my start in the sport.”

What is your favorite thing to do in the Rochester area? Or in Michigan?“I love Cider Mills, going up north and seeing the changing colors of fall, I like being on the lake, or anywhere near the water. I love sports, especially the Lions. In Rochester specifically, all of the trails I like to walk on, or ride my bike.”  

What is your most prized possession?

“I have a picture of my mom when she was a senior in high school that she signed for her mom that says, ‘To my mom, the most understanding person I know.’ ”

What is your most embarrassing moment?

“Playing lacrosse at Oakland University, a lot of the time the men’s team would come watch us play and there was this guy I liked on the men’s team and they came to watch us. That day we wore all pink for breast cancer awareness and I had on hot pink spandex under my skirt. A player from the other team had tripped me and I fell back and sort of rolled over. Everyone saw my hot pink spandex during that game.”

What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?

“People doubting my abilities. Whether it is in the workplace or in my personal life or pursuing my master’s degree.”

Who is your biggest influence?

“My mom. She pushes me, most of the time in a good way. Most of the time when I need it and don’t want to hear it. She’s extremely supportive.”