New Coach, Same Goal
Over 100 players hit the field today for the first day of fall practice.
The Wildcats are coming off a 7-4 season, returning with most of it's defensive lineup from last year, including GNAC Defensive Player of the Year, Stanley Langlow.
The team also underwent a changing of the guard, when head coach Blaine Bennett was let go from the team last week, and replaced by assistant coach John Picha.
Picha has worked with 5 different head coaches in his career with the school, and hopes to continue the team's winning tradition.
"What you try to do is take a little bit from each guy and apply it yourself and apply it to your own personality," said coach Picha, "And hopefully that personality comes out on the field and that personality creates some victories. That's what we're looking for."
"Sudden change, as coach Bennett used to say, we're going to deal with it well," said Left Tackle Michael Nelson, "Everyone's come together, everyone's being really supportive of each other and trying to help each other through the transition."
"I'm excited with coach Picha, he's obviously been around the block, he's been here for the last 18 years," said Free Safety Stanley Langlow, "He's coached I'd say pretty much every position on the field almost. So he's well rounded, he's a real fun guy, I'm excited to see what he brings."
The team will open its season at home against Texas A&M - Kingsville the first Saturday of September.
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