April 9th, 2013
Been a while since my last Blog entry, so I figured what time like the day after the National Championship to catch up. Just got back from Atlanta on Sunday, so got a chance to be a part of the festivities down there and see the passionate fans that each of the Final 4 teams brought with them to the Peach State. Was also great to see a couple of my former players living their dream with Nik Stauskas (Michigan) and Chadrack Lufile (Wichita St) fighting for a Championship.
Big Congratulations to Louisville on the 2013 National Championship! Walking around ATL after their win over Wichita St on Saturday and seeing the excitement and buzz from their fans afterwards was really inspiring and energizing. I am definitely excited and looking forward to the day when fans are cheering like that for my team making a Tournament run.
Our season ended last month with a hearbreaking loss to eventual America East Champion Albany, 50-49. It was a game in which we were up and in control for most of the game...really felt like it was our game. To Albany's credit they battled back, made big stops and big plays in crunch time when it counted and we didn't.
The season was up and down and can generally be summarized as a year of inconsistent effort, and a roller-coaster of varing intensity levels and defensive efforts. There were definitely highlights like our wins over Florida Gulf Coast (A-Sun Champs, Sweet 16), Northeastern (CAA Champs, NIT), Albany (AE Champs, NCAA), Vermont (CBI), and Siena (MAAC) but were accompanied by some disappointing lackluster turnouts on the flipside that added up to an 11-19 year.
Of course the other big news for our program was the announcement from Justin Edwards that he would be transferring. Definitely want to make it clear that I have absolutely no hard feelings towards Justin. He is one of my favorite guys I have worked with and I definitely wish him nothing but the best!
Now the preparation starts for next season with Spring workouts, recruiting, and our guys finishing the semester strong in the classroom.
I'll wrap this up with one of my favorite parts of the NCAA Tournament..."One Shining Moment". I look forward to living my Shining Moment soon!