Ann Elliott recently sat in her office and talked with excitement about diving into her new job as the Colorado head lacrosse coach.
Well, that's not entirely true. It wasn't her office.
The fledgling lacrosse program doesn't have its own office yet, so Elliott has a laptop on a spare desk in the office of Anne Kelly, CU's women's golf coach.
"She actually had me over for dinner one of the first nights I was here," Elliott said. "She's been nice enough to let me share the office and I see her every day."
For now, Elliott isn't too worried about office space. She's got too much to do.
"This summer is going to be pretty crazy," she said. "The summer usually is pretty crazy for coaches, with all that's going on in terms of recruiting and camps."
As of Wednesday, Elliott was the sole member of the new CU lacrosse program. She was named the head coach of CU's new sport on March 26. The Buffs won't begin play until the spring of 2014, so there are no players on board. And, Elliott doesn't have any assistants on board yet (although that should change shortly).
There is no time to waste, however, as the 27-year-old Elliott looks forward to CU's first season.
"I'm hitting the road recruiting and going to be back and forth a little bit here, but mostly a lot on the east coast recruiting and running camps," she said.
Many of the top prospects from the class of 2013 have already made their college choices, and many college programs have already filled out their 2013 class. CU, however, will rely on heavily on that class to fill out its first team.
"A lot of the kids in the class of 2013 have probably committed over the last six months, but there's still a lot of kids out there for us to look at and find the right kids for out here," she said. "(The class of 2013) will be our main focus in the summer, while obviously looking at some 2014 kids."
Elliott is a bit behind in recruiting that 2013 class because she was a little busy this spring. As associate head coach at Northwestern, she helped the Wildcats win the national title on May 27. The Wildcats, in fact, have won seven of the past eight titles. Elliott was a player on three of those title teams and was an assistant coach on three teams.
"Finishing my career at Northwestern winning a national championship was very special to me," she said. "I've spent a lot of time there, I've grown up there and it's nice to kind of go out with no regrets and have that feeling that you've kind of done everything you could there."
While taking part in Northwestern's season may have cut into her recruiting time, Elliott will likely carry some heavy weight with her when she mentions her six championships to recruits.
"I talk about it a little bit (with recruits), in terms of things I've accomplished and in terms of things I've learned," she said. "I think it's a good marker for just the amount I've learned in a short period of time. In that short amount of time and in my career, both as a player and a coach, I've accomplished a lot and I've learned a lot. I've learned a lot from someone (Northwestern's Kelly Amonte Hiller) that might be the best coach in the country right now."
Elliott plans to spend her summer recruiting at club tournaments around the country. She'll also take part in two camps out east, two at Northwestern and one in Boulder, likely in mid-July.
In August, Elliott expects to finally have time to officially move to Boulder and, hopefully, settle into a new office. She also hopes to have a second assistant coach by August. Elliott also hopes to enjoy the benefits of living in Boulder.
Whatever down time she has won't last long, though. Elliott and her staff have a tough task ahead as they get the program up and running.
"It'll give us a chance to get our feet underneath us and learn the things we need to learn in order to really successfully start that program the following year," she said of having a year with no team. "It'll definitely be hard not to have (a team) every day, but I think we're going to be very busy and I would think the year is probably going to go pretty fast."