By: Mike Hermann, Director of Athletics
Recently, the sports editor of the Towerlight posed an interesting question to me. Why should the students believe that this is the year to rally behind the Tigers?
I have to admit – the question took me by surprise! I may be a little of a Pollyanna, but I thought you were supposed to believe in your team. After all, it’s YOUR team!
Stepping back, maybe I can understand the question. The last winning men’s hoops season at
After the fog cleared in my mind, I snapped my response back to the Towerlight writer that the signs were clearly visible. It was the first time head coach Pat Kennedy had all of his own players. Last season, he had five players in suits behind the bench, sitting out for a variety of reasons – transfers, injuries, academics. Those five will be big contributors. And, the team has 65% of its offensive firepower from last season returning. Plus, the program has added three strong recruits. The team is deeper, more talented than ever before. As an athletics administrator that had seen Xavier teams march into the NCAA Tournament on a regular basis and watched the Niagara program return to the dance for the first time in 35 years, I felt I was qualified to say that Towson had the tools to turn the corner! I defended the program!
But maybe I shouldn’t have. They say in sales, as soon as you begin to defend, you lose the battle. When asked why the students should believe, I should have responded with “Why not?”
Believing in a team is a lot more fun than not believing! It’s much better than sitting back waiting – waiting to be sure - waiting to see if the team will be successful. What if the team is successful and you missed the ride because you waited to be sure? And, I can tell you from my time at Xavier and
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