However, even after two years at American and a week into my third, I still find there has been a lot to adjust to. With eight freshmen and a transfer joining our team of 26 players, more than a third of our team is working to see how they fit in to how we play. On top of welcoming new teammates, last spring we welcomed a new Athletic Director, and our Assistant Coach as our new head coach. With a new coach came new expectations, new fitness tests, and a new practice schedule along with new locker room and training room facilities. Finally, the Patriot League will welcome two new schools this year; Loyola University and Boston University, both of which will be challenging competitors.
At this stage in preseason, the fitness tests are over, the initial jitters are gone, and we are only a few days away from our exhibition game. On Friday we will take on St. Francis, and begin what I hope will be a long, successful season.
"Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
- Muhammad Ali