Fall Ball Report: Biola University

This Fall we’re hitting the streets in search of new information about teams around the MCLA. Next up, we’ve got a full update from Coach Klett at Biola University!

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 chatting with Coach Aaron Klett of Biola University.

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

Coach Klett:  37.

What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?

During the fall we are practicing Monday through Thursday, with additional optional wall ball practices on Fridays.

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

We have scrimmages and split practices scheduled with local MCLA teams, including a split practice with Claremont.  We have done a split practice with Claremont for several years now, and we like that it allows us to stop and coach while getting to go against a different group of players.

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

The two areas of concentration for this season are game management and defense.  We gave up 175 goals last season and scored 176 which doesn’t leave a ton of room for comfortable wins.  At times we struggled starting games, coming out of halftime with the same intensity, finishing games with leads, and getting back into games we  were down in.  If we can put together a consistent game we will be back on track.

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

#28 Jeff Clark, Jr, Attack – finished 2011 with 80 points, #11 in MCLA D2 in points, #12 in MCLA D2 in goals.

#11 Adam Kingston, Sr, Attack – returning to Biola after one season at Adams State; had 61 points, 39 goals, in his 2010 season with Biola.

#30 Marc Morgan, Sr, Attack – 50 points in 2011 in his first full season at attack, after moving from midfield.

#9 Jon McMahan, Sr, Midfield – Returns to the field for his first season since 2008 after two ACL surgeries; had 35 points as a freshman in 2008.

#16 Scott Gamelson, Jr, Midfield – upped scoring output from 4 points to 26 points from freshman to sophomore year.

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

Assistant coach Jon McMahan has been cleared by his doctor to continue playing, and will return to our midfield ranks.  We have added James Wise as an assistant coach; former player at Arkansas.  Joe Lee returns as an assistant for the second year.

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

We’ve moved away from Facebook, and gone to more traditional methods of advertising.  We use fliers around campus, postcards in student mailboxes, game announcements on our new digital reader board at the main entrance, and a few other methods to make our team more visible around the campus.  We have the advantage of our field being right on the main road in La Mirada, and surprisingly we get a ton of visibility with the community because they can see us practicing and playing games as they pass by.

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

1. Winning record – 2011 was our first losing record since 2005

2. Returning to SLC Playoffs – we made it into the 2011 playoffs by way of Pepperdine declining to play; we would like to make 2012 playoffs by virtue of being the top team in our half of the conference.

3. Flying to Greenville, SC – we have never made an appearance at nationals, and we would love to visit SC in May.

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

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