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 Jeff Shimmel of the University of South Florida.
MCLA Fan: How many players attended team tryouts this Fall?
Coach Shimmel: 44.
What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?
Monday from 6pm-8:30, Wednesday 6pm-8:30, and the day before scrimmages, we have a one hour pre-game practice.
What is your team’s Fall game/tournament schedule?
Oct. 15th played University of Tampa (DII)
Oct 30th vs Tallahassee Tomahawks club @ USF
Nov. 5th @ Rollins College 10am
Nov 18th Alumni Game 7pm @ USF
What aspect(s) of your team do you hope to most improve upon from last year?
Team defense and a settled offense.
Who are the top 5 players we should be paying attention to this season?
Benny Krienik – Senior, attack, #2
Anthony Lefanto – Soph, Goalie, #6
Zak Heinritz – Soph, Attack, #15
Ryan Fennel – Fresh, Middie, #7
Rohan Korpal – Fresh, Def, #9
Have there been any changes to your coaching staff? If so, please fill us in…
Nope, Jeff Shimmel is still the Head Coach and Marc Swenson is still our Goalie and Defensive Coach.
What are you doing to promote your program on campus and in the community?
Coach Shimmel coaches a U15 youth travel team. The Sand Sharks are part of the Bay Area Lacrosse Association in Tampa, FL.
We also have a fundraising Golf Tourney in January.
What are your program’s top 2 goals for the upcoming 2012 season?
1. Winning season
2. Beating SELC south division teams for the first time in ? years.
Thanks so much for speaking with us Coach Shimmel. Good luck this season!