After two National Championships as a player, she went on to win two more as an assistant at up-start Northwestern. In only her mid-20s she took on the overwhelming task of turning a floundering UMass program around, and brought it back to the NCAA Tournament in three seasons in spite of a 25-year hiatus. Along with revisiting the NCAA’s she guided her UMass squads to two Atlantic-10 Conference Championships in her four-year tenure. Now she’s been brought to Ohio State to work her magic, and with a year under her belt it seems to be working. After falling to University of Florida 13-16 in the American Lacrosse Conference semi-finals, the Buckeyes have tremendous momentum heading into next year.
Venechanos says of her responsibilities at Ohio State, “We look to be strong female role models,” and you have to believe that she does that. If she has one defining quality that’s led to her success, it may be grit, as it seems that she finds a unique contentment in outlasting and outworking the competition. It’s difficult for her to breakdown what she does to develop players and win games, and that could be because it’s such a part of her day to day. She says, “The biggest thing is instilling these daily practices into people’s lives”, and by practices she’s talking about all those little details that add up to success. — the ground balls, the hustle, the self confidence. She casually drops some of these themes in conversation, saying, “How you talk to yourself is really important”; “We have to get to know the energy of the team”; and, “We get them going every single day”. For Venechanos it’s a daily commitment, and she’s striving to get her players to do everything from thinking confidently to playing with a pop and feistiness that reflects her personality.