Brendan Klein, the head men’s lacrosse coach at the University of Oklahoma, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Sooners during the 2013 season. Oklahoma competes in the Lone Star Alliance at the MCLA Division 1 level. Keep up to date with the Oklahoma Lax homepage.
|What are 3 words that describe your team this year?|
|Will Not Fail|
|How many players tried out for the team this year?|
|Roster size by position|
|– Attack: 5
– Midfielders: 15
– Defenders: 10
– Goalies: 2
|Roster size by year in school|
|– Freshmen: 10
– Sophomores: 14
– Juniors: 4
– Seniors: 4
|Where do the majority of your players come from?|
|We began our fall program with a week-long mental toughness, leadership development, and physical training engagement from a US Navy SEAL/SWCC scout team, and as a result, our team’s selection of captains was rather easy. The men selected rose to the occasion by not only buying into the training’s message but succeeding through their conquering of the challenges put in front of them while also ensuring their teammates achieved their objectives. I am very proud of our whole group, but these outstanding young men have earned their Captaincy and it is my job to ensure they continue their growth and development as leaders.2013 Captains:– Dalton Gibson, D, Sr.
– Pete Kitsos, A, Sr.
– Jay Stouffer, M, Sr.
– Mason Moore, A, So.
– Nate Dickey, D, So.
|Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?|
|Our ultimate goal for our program here at Oklahoma is to win; but we will not achieve that mark without an obsessive dedication to preparation and training (both at the individual and team levels) and the ability to execute one’s role under adverse circumstances. So while winning is the “macro” goal, our “micro” goal, that we will attack every day, is simply to train with the focus on being able to do our jobs in any and all conditions/circumstances.|
|What’s one thing you’re most excited about?|
|I am incredibly excited at the level of commitment and “buy-in” that this group has shown in response to what I have asked of them this year. During the Navy SEAL training we did in September, the guys were pushed to their limit and then some. I know from speaking to several of the guys before that week that there was some doubt as to whether they’d make it through the training. Not only did our guys make it and not quit, but they excelled. They were leaders, they were committed, and they were winners. My sense of pride in this team was, and continues to be, off the charts.|
|Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?|
|This will sound very cliche, so please bear with me, but one of the biggest mental toughness lessons our guys learned is that every game we play is going to be the toughest game on our schedule. If we view it any differently we are not only underestimating our opponents to our own detriment, but also disrespecting them and ourselves by not adequately preparing and training for them. We all know it is very difficult to maintain that training/readiness level throughout the entire season, but that is what is required and I believe we have the men to make that happen.|