Friday, January 6, 2012

Coach Report: Marist Men Making Strides

You've got questions about your team?

We have, hopefully, answers.

The questions went to coaches of men's teams, who provided the answers.

We'll do team-by-team reports, through the eyes of the respective coaches, over the next few days, in no particular order.

We'll start with Marist, and its head coach Chuck Martin, whose team is off to a 2-1 in MAAC play and 7-7 overall and already has more victories than last year's team that finished 6-27 overall (and, 3-15 in the MAAC).

"Are we excited? Absolutely. Winning makes you feel good and we've won six in a row at home. The kids feel really good about where we're at, but we're still taking baby steps to get there, and we're getting there, slowly but surely.

"Our success so far is chemistry more than anything else. We've brought in kids from winning high school programs. When you have that, the kids don't run away (from tough in-game situations).

"Also, the talent has gotten a little better. We went out in the last off-season and brought in four really good players. This program is on the rise. The group we have here is capable, in the future, of being one of the better groups in the MAAC.

"Have we turned the corner? We're better than last year, but we haven't completely turned the corner. We haven't swept a team yet. But we're better and excited about being 7-7 considering where we came from. Still, we've got a lot to learn and a lot to improve on."

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