The Empire 8 wasn’t bad we found success there and actually won the conference my first year at Salisbury. The only issue was all the travel up to New York. We are actually moving conferences this year over to the NJAC along with Wesley and a few other teams. So it should be an exciting year with getting everything ready to go and seeing how we stack up. [/quote]
Yeah, I am excited to see how Wesley and Sals stack up in the NJAC. I always thought you guys were an odd fit in the Empire 8 - not competitively, but geographically. D3 is so different than D1 - we aren’t raking in millions of TV dollars, so by necessity we kind of have to find leagues that are within a bus ride for most everyone, and if all of the musical chairs are filled you can end up with a few homeless teams.
No offense to the Gulls, but I’m actually even more intrigued to see what this does to Wesley. They are fantastic but they have never had the pressure of being in a league and needing to bring it against a league opponent every week - of course, they have proved in the playoffs that they are a worthy inclusion, but they could fall asleep at the switch and lose during the regular season (Kean, 2011 and Rowan, 2013). I want to see what happens to them against a full slate of conference opponents.
Travel-wise, it should be much easier for Sals than in years past. As the S & C coach, will you be traveling with the team to games?[/quote]
Wesley in my opinion will still be Wesley. They are able to get a lot of guys that wouldn’t be a good fit in some of the more esteemed academic D3 programs. Our department is growing and as a D3 strength coach it is a little harder to get buy in across the board from coaches on why I should be there when budgets are already being stretched thin. However; this year should be a little different and hopefully I will be able to travel with the majority of my teams not just football. Last year all of my teams had a lot of success in and out of the weight room so hopefully they will find me a spot even if its on the dreaded Athletic Trainer van.