Editor’s note: After the success of our “Growing the Program” series last year, we knew we had to follow up with another league-wide update. So, this Fall we’re hitting the streets in search of new information about teams around the MCLA. We’re asking questions about try-outs, players to watch, team promotion, coaching changes and everything this side of the Mississippi. With that, here come our Fall Ball Reports!
Each report will feature a different MCLA team, touching on the importance of Fall Ball and anticipation of the 2012 season – which is just a few months away!
Today we’re talking with Coach Sean Blair of Grand Valley State University.
MCLA Fan: How many players attended team tryouts this Fall?
Coach Blair: 60.
What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?
What is your team’s Fall game/tournament schedule?
Saturday, October 8th:
Michigan State, Turf Building 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 15th:
vs University of Wisconsin, Kenosha, WI 10:30 a.m.
vs University of Illinois, Kenosha, WI 1:30 p.m.
vs Carthage, Kenosha, WI 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 16th:
vs University of St. Thomas, Kenosha, WI 10 a.m.
Sunday, October 23rd:
vs Central Michigan University, Rockford High School, 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 29th
vs GVSU Alumni, Outdoor Turf Field, Time TBA
What aspect(s) of your team do you hope to most improve upon from last year?
Despite losing Holding, we still have over 300 goals returning. The biggest aspect we need to improve is getting recruits up to speed on our systems and style of play.
Who are the top 5 players we should be paying attention to this season?
Danny Kransberger, Goalie, #21. High School All-American, Transfer from Detroit Mercy
Jack Dumsa, Attack, #1. Returning All American
Jeremey Pouba, Attack, #4. Overshadowed member of last seasons lethal attack line.
Mike Stankiwicz, Def, #27. Returning All American.
Tyler Farmer, Mid, #9. Possibly the best transition/ 2 way midfielder in years.
Have there been any changes to your coaching staff? If so, please fill us in…
Coach Harris (former Assistant) is now a Grad Asst at NCAA DII Adams State.
What are you doing to promote your program on campus and in the community?
Being visible at campus events, passing out flyers, social media, word of mouth.
What are your program’s top 3 goals for the upcoming 2012 season?
1. Defend the CCLA title.
2. Win the National Championship.
3. Win the National Championship.
Thanks so much for speaking with us Coach Blair. Good luck this season!