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 Ellison of Western Oregon University.
MCLA Fan: How many players attended team tryouts this Fall?
Coach Ellison: 30.
What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?
We started out the fall with daily doubles conditioning 5 days a week in the am for two weeks with 3 days a week practices in the afternoon. We will continue to run practices 3 days a week through mid November with group strength training and team film sessions built in as well.
What is your team’s Fall game/tournament schedule?
We just finished up playing in the Laredo tournament hosted by the University of Portland we finished 6-0. We have a scrimmage against Oregon State University on October 21st, we will be going down to the University of Oregon tournament on November 5th, and we will wrap things up with our alumni game on November 12th.
What aspect(s) of your team do you hope to most improve upon from last year?
Being a new coach, we will be focusing on team unity. The team has expressed the need to bulk up the defensive side of the ball so coupled with our incoming class we will be shoring up our back line.
Who are the top 5 players we should be paying attention to this season?
Jacob Bohince, Junior, Midfield, #3, Special kid who’s game gets better as he plays tougher opponents.
Matt Frutiger, Senior, Midfield, #5, Main senior captain Matt will be a huge leader for us in his last year.
Dan Hochspeier, Junior, Attack, #9, Expected to continue building on last year where became a quarterback for the offense.
Logan Marks, Junior, Defense, #17, Logan is an excellent defender and will be critical in our success defensively.
Spenser Brock, Senior, Attack, #1, It looks like he is on his way to breaking the career goal scoring record in his final year.
Have there been any changes to your coaching staff? If so, please fill us in…
Well besides myself taking over as head coach I have also brought on Ethan Kamholtz as my assistant coach in charge of the defense. Ethan comes to us from New York where he played high school ball at Penn Yan and D3 ball at Keuka as a goalie.
What are you doing to promote your program on campus and in the community?
Our players do a great job promoting our team on campus with more grassroots ideas (flyers, facebook, etc). In the community we are looking to add some team service projects as well as helping coach at the area high schools.
What are your program’s top 3 goals for the upcoming 2012 season?
1. Focus on being the best we can be every game
2. Build up our support group (Alumni, Parents, Fan Base, Corp. Sponsors)
3. Win a National Championship
Thanks so much for speaking with us Coach Ellison. Good luck this season!