Fall Ball Report: UNLV


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 Darren Gagnon of the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.

MCLA Fan: How many players attended team tryouts this Fall?

Coach Gagnon: 28.

What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?

Twice a week for two hours.

What is your team’s Fall game/tournament schedule?

We play in a tournament at SDSU on November 5th.

What aspect(s) of your team do you hope to most improve upon from last year?

Our defense.

Who are the top 5 players we should be paying attention to this season?

Nick Campo, Senior, Attack

Cody Root, Sophomore, Midfield

Brandon Edgell, Sophomore, Attack

Conner White, Sophomore, Attack, Transfer from D3 Mt Saint Joseph

Mark Day, Junior, Goalie

Have there been any changes to your coaching staff? If so, please fill us in…

Darren Gagnon is the new Head Coach.

What are you doing to promote your program on campus and in the community?

Run Camps and clinics in the local community.

What are your program’s top 3 goals for the upcoming 2012 season?

1) Sportsmanship

2) Make the SLC Playoffs

3) Have a winning record

Thanks so much for speaking with us Coach Gagnon. Good luck this season!