Around Hound Nation: Winter Break Update
A whole lot can happen in a month, especially in the sports world. Here are six things that happened over winter break in Hound Nation.
Head Football Coach Robert Chesney to Holy Cross
On December 19, 2017, the Crusaders of Holy Cross publicly introduced Robert Chesney as their Head Football coach.
Chesney brought a winning attitude and discipline to an Assumption football program that desperately needed it. Prior to Chesney’s first year on the job in 2013, the Assumption football program had only put together five winning seasons.
In Chesney’s five years at Assumption, 2013-2017, the Hounds posted five winning seasons. This included two 11-win seasons, three trips to the NCAA Division-2 tournament, two Northeast-10 Coach of the Year honors and a bevy of individual accolades for the players he coached. This year’s team advanced to the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Division-2 tournament.
In three years prior to Chesney’s arrival, the Greyhounds averaged 7.8 penalties per game, routinely ranking 8th or 9th in the Northeast-10 (out of 10 teams). The year before Chesney arrived, the team ranked last in the NE-10 with 9 penalties per game.
Chesney’s teams were more disciplined. In five seasons, the team averaged 6.1 penalties per game. The team showed a steady improvement in this category in Chesney’s first four years, ranking 2nd in the NE-10 in 2016 with 4.8 penalties per game.
His well-roundedness as a coach and determination to put academics first prove that he will truly be missed by the Assumption community. The Assumption community wishes only the best for he and his family. The Assumption athletics department is currently in the search for the next Head Coach.
Men’s Basketball Enjoys Road Winning Streak – And A Game At The Barclays Center
One of the big stories heading into the Men’s Basketball season was how young the roster was. The Greyhounds roster features five freshman and no seniors.
With a roster as young as that, growing pains are to be expected. And the season has not been an easy one for the team, as they started the season 0-6 and currently sport a 6-14 record at the time of print.
However, there were a couple of good signs from winter break. First, the men’s team had the privilege of playing a January 10 contest against NYIT at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It was a great opportunity for a young team to play in front of a bigger venue and more fans. Even better, they were able to come away with the win. See page ? for a game recap.
In addition to this good experience, the men put together a string of wins over the winter break. The Greyhounds won three games in a row. Even better, these three games were played on the road. It is not easy for any team to win on the road. It’s even harder for young teams. These experiences will only help the men’s basketball team in the long run.
Women’s Basketball Enjoys Home Winning Streak
The Women’s team also sports a relatively young roster after losing five seniors from last year’s playoff team. It’s been an equally challenging season for the women, who currently have a 7-12 record at the time of print.
However, the Greyhounds protected home turf while we were on winter break. They won four home games in a row. In two of the four victories, the Hounds scored at least 70 points. They are 3-0 this year when they break the 70-point mark.
Three Other Quick Stories:
Men’s Ice Hockey In Battle For One Of Two Final Playoff Spots
Women’s Swimming and Diving Set To Host Conference Swim Championships At WPI, Feb 8-11
Track and Field Records 29 Top-15 Individual Finishes at Sorlien Memorial Invitational
Tim Capurso, a senior, studies English. He is the Sports editor of Le Provocateur.