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 Nick Lyon of Washington State University.
MCLA Fan: How many players attended team tryouts this Fall?[stu alias="fivestar1"][/stu]
Coach Lyon: 30.
What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?
Monday and Wednesday for 2 hours out on the field and Tuesday and Thursday for 1 hour doing weights.
What is your team’s Fall game/tournament schedule?
Oct 1 & 2 Monatana Shoot Out
Oct 14th Gonzaga @ Home
Oct 22 @ Gonzaga
Oct 29th Central @ Home
What aspect(s) of your team do you hope to most improve upon from last year?
Who are the top 5 players we should be paying attention to this season?
JT Tungsvik, JR, Middie, 23
Alex Garabedian, SR, Atk, 31
Lucas Simons, SR, Atk, 9
Cory Monaghan, FR, Def, 19
Oliver Thomas, Fr, FOGO, 7
Have there been any changes to your coaching staff? If so, please fill us in…
Nick Lyon is still head coach and John Hluboky is assistant.
What are you doing to promote your program on campus and in the community?
Golf Tournament and tables on the mall.
What are your program’s top 3 goals for the upcoming 2012 season?
1. Go Positive in Pac-12 Tourney
2. Finish above .500 against Div 1 Teams
3. Have players receive league recognition
Thanks so much for speaking with us Coach Lyon. Good luck this season!