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 speaking with Coach Derek Daehn at St. John’s University.
MCLA Fan: How many players attended team tryouts this Fall?
Coach Daehn: 40.
What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?
One month of practice including film, weightlifting, and a fall tournament October 15 & 16.
What is your team’s Fall game/tournament schedule?
We have a Fall tournament October 15 & 16 at Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN.
What aspect(s) of your team do you hope to most improve upon from last year?
We are focusing on finding more balance in our offense and slide packages on defense.
Who are the top 5 players we should be paying attention to this season?
Jake Helmer, Soph, Attack, 11
Alex Fulton, Senior, Attack, 22
Steve Johnson, Junior, Defense, 25
Lucas Gellerman, Senior, LSM, 5
Tyler Safranek, Senior, Midfield, 23
Mike King, Junior, Goalie, 1
Have there been any changes to your coaching staff? If so, please fill us in…
We have brought on three new assistant coaches. Mike Evans, Brandon Carlso, and Dave Norine.
What are you doing to promote your program on campus and in the community?
Fall Tournament, Fall Golf Tournament, and we are trying to add webcasting.
What are your program’s top 3 goals for the upcoming 2012 season?
1. Sweep UMLL Conference
2. Win UMLL
3. Win National Championship
Thanks so much for speaking with us Coach Daehn. Good luck this season!