Late start turns into collegiate offer
TULSA, Okla. — There is a saying, better late than never. That is the concept for Muscogee (Creek) citizen Brendan Rolland who started lacrosse at a late age.
“He started playing at Bishop Kelley as a sophomore,” Bishop Kelley head lacrosse coach Steve Hendricks said. “He did not play until he got to high school.”
His perseverance after this late start has helped Rolland be the first player from Kelley compete at the collegiate level.
Rolland signed a letter of intent May 17 at the school, located in Tulsa, to play for Hendrix College in Conway, Ark.
Rolland said he was inspired to play after seeing the sport on TV.
“My mom bought me a lacrosse stick to try out,” he said.
Rolland said he did not use it very much initially.
“When we got the team is when I got serious about the sport,” he said.
Rolland said he loves lacrosse because it is fast-paced and players are expected to be in good shape, much like another sport he enjoys.
“In a way, it is similar to hockey,” he said. “There is no downtime and you have to keep moving.”
Rolland played the position of ‘attack’ in high school
Hendricks explained how that is perfect for Rolland because of a special advantage he has.
“He’s a left-handed player and generally left-handed players are naturals at lacrosse,” Hendricks said. “He always put in the time and always stayed after practice to improve.”
Rolland had other colleges from Missouri and Kansas looking at him and shared why he chose Hendrix.
“It is a very nice school with a tight knit community,” Rolland said. “Of course they love their lacrosse so that helped with my decision.”
Rolland acknowledged the extra effort that will be needed moving forward.
“The next level is going to be tough, more fast-paced than what I saw this year. But I am ready to work hard and be on the field,” he said.
Hendricks said a void will be left in his absence.
“I lose my leadership out of my attack on this team,” Hendricks said. “I am losing a kid who has that extra spark that makes the offense run effectively.”
He also acknowledged the talent Rolland will lend to Hendrix College.
“They are going to be getting an excellent academic athlete,” Hendricks said. “He is not only a lacrosse player, he excels in his academics. He is bringing the work ethic, self-motivation to his school for next year.”
This statement rings true as Rolland received both a leadership and academic scholarship.
Rolland plans to head to Hendrix in August and said he wants to pursue a science-based major.
“I love science,” Rolland said. “That is what I want my career to be in.”
Brendan Rolland is of the Polecat Tribal Town and the Deer Clan. His parents are Geoff Rolland and Tammie Goddell-Rolland.