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Pard4Life

New coach

Supposedly a new lacrosse coach has been named and will be revealed later this afternoon.  Any ideas?
seenalot

Bill Lawson
Franks Tanks

seenalot wrote:
Bill Lawson


Just like the Bruce redux  Laughing
PardsLax

I have absolutely no idea.  As far as I can tell, no one on the outside was able to get any information.  Where/how did you learn that a new coach had been hired? Oh - just saw this on golepards.com tweet.
Bogus Megapardus

PardsLax wrote:
just saw this on golepards.com tweet.


"HUGE NEWS! The announcement of the new Lafayette Men's Lacrosse coach will be made public right here later this afternoon"

https://twitter.com/goleopards

Dianne Nolan got a press conference.  Men's lax coach gets a tweet.  Shows you how much they care.







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Bogus Megapardus

Nothing yet reported on LaxPower or Inside Lacrosse.  Here's the scuttlebutt on the LaxPower forum, suggesting that we're WAY behind the eight ball at this point:

http://network.laxpower.com/laxfo....php?f=1&t=44665&start=60
PardsLax

Isn't this referred to as "taking out the trash day" by the press when you give a news release late Friday afternoon?  The idea being to release "stinky news stories late on a day when they're likely to get little attention in the Saturday press."  Let's hope they're just waiting to get all their ducks in a row.
Bogus Megapardus

PardsLax wrote:
Isn't this referred to as "taking out the trash day" by the press when you give a news release late Friday afternoon?  The idea being to release "stinky news stories late on a day when they're likely to get little attention in the Saturday press."  Let's hope they're just waiting to get all their ducks in a row.


Yep.  The Dianne Nolan hiring was, indeed, "huge news" and the college treated it as such.  Why do I get the feeling that this will be substantially less impressive?







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Pard4Life

Maybe it's being done to excite the donor base in the last hours of FY12.
Pard4Life

Maybe the "new" HC will be Terry... after all Bruce McC is the "new" AD.
Bogus Megapardus

Pard4Life wrote:
excite the donor base


I think I'll head out to the barn and watch some paint dry instead.
Bogus Megapardus

"Please join us in welcoming Jim Rogalski to Lafayette as the new Head Men's Lacrosse Coach!"

https://twitter.com/goleopards








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PardsLax

Jim Rogalski - not a strong, exciting choice:  http://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/mlax/coaches/Rogalski_Jim
Bogus Megapardus

"Jim Rogalski has made quite a splash in his first two seasons as head coach of The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse program, leading the Royals to their first-ever Landmark Conference title and to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in the program’s 26-year history."


http://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/mlax/coaches/Rogalski_Jim







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Bogus Megapardus

Scranton finished at 9-7 this year under Rogalski.  Finished the year #61 in the LaxPower rankings in Division III, behind Swarthmore, Skidmore, Bates, RPI, Union and, of course . . . Haverford.  Lost to Drew, Susquehanna and F&M, among others.

Rogalski played at St. Mary's in Maryland.  Except for a stint as an assistant at Rutgers, he's DIII all the way.

What on earth could they have been thinking?
Bogus Megapardus

Rogalski had a VERY young roster at Scranton this year, but they appear to have come from the right programs, for the most part - especially some of the well-known NJ and L.I. lax schools.

http://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/mlax/2011-12/roster
Bogus Megapardus

The full press release:

http://www.goleopards.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/062912aaa.html
LafLax

Does mention some very important improvements:  

"We have committed resources to our lacrosse program including staffing, athletic scholarships and utilizing Fisher Stadium as our competition venue. "

Not sure what specifically this might mean.

Let"s hope he hits the ground running.  Hoping he is energetic and enthusiastic.
Bogus Megapardus

LafLax wrote:

"We have committed resources to our lacrosse program including staffing, athletic scholarships and utilizing Fisher Stadium as our competition venue. "


Scholarships?
LafLax

Check out the press release:

http://www.goleopards.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/062912aaa.html
Bogus Megapardus

LaxPower has reprinted the entire release:

http://www.laxpower.com/laxnews/news.php?story=30777
Bogus Megapardus

From SB Nation:

"I'm not sure how much a splash this Rogalski hire is going to make, what with a fairly pedestrian 18-15 overall record as a head coach, but this is an uncontroverted fact: He just got the keys to a Patriot League institution and he's going to have to work like an animal on meth to get Lafayette into a position to crush skulls both in the league and otherwise. If, however, the guy continues his reputation of hammering the brick and Lafayette makes good on its promise of providing resources for the program, this could be a sneaky smart hire."

http://www.collegecrosse.com/2012...i-as-leopard-pack-leader-lacrosse
Pard4Life

Um, I guess this is.. good.

His experience sounds encouraging, but it's not big-time credentials.  If he is driven and committed, it could work out.  Our goal is to make the PL tourney consistently at this point.  We've only done it... once.

I am more encouraged that McC seems to have gotten the message on the importance of lacrosse.  But this is Lafayette...
Bogus Megapardus

Rogalski recruited 19 freshman for the upcoming (Spring 2012) season at Scranton.  Those kids now are left without a coach, but it shows that he certainly can recruit.

http://www.laxpower.com/laxnews/news.php?story=26499

I'm starting to like this guy.







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Pard4Life

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Rogalski had a VERY young roster at Scranton this year, but they appear to have come from the right programs, for the most part - especially some of the well-known NJ and L.I. lax schools.

http://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/mlax/2011-12/roster


This may be a good sign because he will have connections at said schools and now can offer a D1 team from a power conference with schollies.  I think it said he ran camps too.

You know more about this than I, but how would you rate his standing/potential in the lax world?
Bogus Megapardus

Pard4Life wrote:
Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Rogalski had a VERY young roster at Scranton this year, but they appear to have come from the right programs, for the most part - especially some of the well-known NJ and L.I. lax schools.

http://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/mlax/2011-12/roster


This may be a good sign because he will have connections at said schools and now can offer a D1 team from a power conference with schollies.  I think it said he ran camps too.

You know more about this than I, but how would you rate his standing/potential in the lax world?


I didn't know of him until now, but he's obviously been around quite a bit and he seems to be valued as a recruiter.  My guess would be that he's shaped his career with the goal of becoming a DI Head Coach.  He's now achieved that.

"For six seasons prior to his appointment at Scranton, he was a member of the coaching staff at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, beginning his career there as head assistant lacrosse coach in 2004 before being promoted to associate head coach in 2007.  He has also served as an assistant coach at Drexel University, Washington & Lee University, Goucher College, Western New England College, and St. Mary's.

His three-year tenure at Drexel, where he served as defensive and recruiting coordinator and whose first season was highlighted by nine wins, the fourth-most in the program's history at the time. He also coached three players who earned all-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors and another who was named the conference's rookie of the year in 2002.

In his first three seasons under head coach Jim Stagnitta's guidance at Rutgers, Rogalski handled a number of coaching and administrative duties, including game and practice planning, recruiting, monitoring NCAA compliance, and organizing clinics for local youth players and youth coaches.  In his role as associate head coach in his last three years there, he oversaw the Scarlet Knights's recruiting efforts, which resulted in nationally-ranked recruiting classes in 2007 and 2008 by Inside Lacrosse magazine and commitments from five high school all-Americans for the 2011 season."
Bogus Megapardus

FYI - there are two "personal recommendations" for Rogalski in the "sidebar" of the GoLeopards.com press release.  One is from current MLL head coach Jim Stagnitta.  Stagnitta was the Head Coach at Rutgers during the six years Rogalski served as an assistant for the Scarlet Knights.  Stagnitta resigned from Rutgers after the 2011 season.

The other recommendation is from Princeton Head Coach Chris Bates, who succeeded Bill Tierney at Princeton.  Before that Bates was the successful long-time Head Coach at Drexel (having been promoted from assistant).  Bates was All-Ivy at Dartmouth.  Rogalski served under Bates at Drexel from 2000-2003.
cr

Good luck and beat Lehigh!
Bogus Megapardus

cr wrote:
Good luck and beat Lehigh!


Thanks CR.  Coach Rogalski certainly will learn quickly the importance we ascribe around these parts to your second sentiment.

You know, with a name like "Rogalski," I can't escape the picture of a Green Bay Packers OL in the mid 1960s.
Bogus Megapardus

Drexel fans refer to our new HC as "Coach Ski":

"Congrats to Coach Ski. His defense was still used at Drexel long after he left and his coaching laid the groundwork for the solid Drexel D that came after."

http://network.laxpower.com/laxfo...862089&hilit=Rogalski#p862089

It appears that there was at least some discussion of him taking over at Drexel once Chris Bates took the Princeton job.  The more I read and research, the more comfortable I am with this hire.
RichH

Congratulations. He should invigorate Pard lax
Bogus Megapardus

RichH wrote:
Congratulations. He should invigorate Pard lax


Rich - I would assume that Lehigh (and the rest of the league) would prefer a more consistently competitive Lafayette team.  As it now stands, everyone's RPI shrinks just by having us on the schedule.
Bogus Megapardus

From the LaxPower forum:

"Great hire for Lafayette. Ski is a no-nonsense coach and will have Lafayette prepared to play. All he asks is you listen and play hard and that's all you want from a coach. He is also one of the best defensive teachers in the game and all should expect Lafayette's defense to very good, very quickly. Although not official, Ski has his top assistant lined up and he is a tremdous, hard working coach as well. Great day for Lafayette lacrosse, all who support program should be happy and will be impressed by Coach Ski and his staff."

http://network.laxpower.com/laxfo....php?f=1&t=44665&start=60
RichH

Dont forget you do have good O talent big lack is size on D and some decent D coaching. He will at least give you that. Is he a  good recruiter?
Bogus Megapardus

RichH wrote:
Dont forget you do have good O talent big lack is size on D and some decent D coaching. He will at least give you that. Is he a  good recruiter?


I've done a little background searching on Rogalski and every indication suggests that his strong suits are recruiting and defense.  That's what we need.  No more 6'4" 170 lb. long poles, I hope.  We need agile, athletic defensive back-types who stay on their mark and a coach who understands the opposition and can relay the scheme to the players.  That and a bulldozer at FOGO.

Our attack is pretty well stocked - we have some excellent talent there.  Our goalies are adequate as long as the D does what its supposed to do.  Our midfield makes way too many blunders and causes inane turnovers (especially on clears and transitions) but they're talented on offense.  Good coaching (and a serious off-season in the weight room) can transform this team, I think.
LC Local Fan

http://articles.philly.com/2012-0...ews/31839364_1_fords-face-offs-ea
seenalot

I am getting to like this hire the more I read about him - lets see who he brings in as a top assistant and if he can jump start and re-energize the kids who remain.  The face off kid sounds like a good get - any insights as to size?
Bogus Megapardus

The FOGO from Episcopal obviously was Terry Mangan's recruit - hat's off to Coach Mangan for bringing him to Pardsville.  Let's see what Rolgalsi can do with him.
The Maroon

Interesting.

Well we can all agree - this isn't the "wow!" hire we were hoping for but I also realize that coaching excellence doesn't have to come with a resume with Hopkins, Maryland, Duke or Princeton mentioned.

The problem - from my vantage point - is given that Rogalski appears to need us as much as we need him - what kind of institutional concessions was he able to get? You really can't negotiate very much from his perch. "Give me this or I'll stay in Scranton." I don't see it.

At 37 he's not a Wunderkind - although he sure looks younger. Obviously he's not old by any definition except my daughters, he's just not Kevin Cassese II. Judging by the posts Bogey has put up - he's a players coach. And our program needs that.

I think it's safe to say there are about 1,000 career paths available to him that would have been more lucrative, so he seems passionate about coaching and lacrosse. My guess is that "Ski Lax Inc" and "Coast to Coast Lacrosse Camp" were ways to supplement his income so he could pursue his dream - and I like that .

There's nothing to get excited about in terms of what he did at Scranton. He took a 6-9 team and got them to 9-8 his first season which is good but the bottom line is he had somebody elses kids. I'm a huge believer that you don't know what you've got in a coach until season three - and he only lasted two at Scranton.

I wish I could get more excited about his experience at Rutgers and Drexel, but I don't know what it's going to translate to in Easton.The only real positive I see is that he's familiar with the level of player needed to succeed in Division I lacrosse...

Nevertheless - I think Bruce has made overwhelmingly good personnel decisions in his tenure in terms of choosing new coaches. I don't agree with the coddling they get once they are on campus - (someone tell coach Ski if he manages to have ANY success in his first couple seasons he can be locked in for a 10 year deal) but I look at Griffiths, Statham, Nolan, Fisher, Bonn, and Asselta I see a pretty good crew. The only two hires I can think of that didn't pan out at were coach Frick in women's lax and the woman who proceeded Asselta. I can attribute the latter to having to fill the need quickly. Frick may have had a funding issue.

It sounds like he's a tireless worker, he'll need to be. Welcome to Easton coach Ski. Please don't accept the status quo!!!
Lafalum

The question of course what concessions he got from the school regarding scholarships, funding for assistants, recruiting assistants etc. No concessions should be given at the expense of other successful programs. This is not a slam dunk for him or us.
PardsLax

The Maroon wrote:
Well we can all agree - this isn't the "wow!" hire we were hoping for but I also realize that coaching excellence doesn't have to come with a resume with Hopkins, Maryland, Duke or Princeton mentioned.


Agreed.  When the story first broke, my initial reaction was so a school that is just starting a lacrosse program can hire a coach who won 5 PL championships, Providence gets a guy who was a captain at UMASS, was an assistant at UMASS (33-13) and Duke (six Final Four appearance while there), and we get a coach from a mediocre DIII school who played at an even more obscure DIII program???  I felt better about the hire after reading the quote from Stagnitta that Ragolski is smart, knowledgeable, and prepares well.  These qualities are probably more important than where he has coached or where he played.  What this team needs in the short term is an educator who can provide schemes and systems that are consistent but also exploit the weaknesses in a given opponent, someone who can give the guys an opportunity to be competitive in every game.  They also need a coach who can inspire confidence in themselves and help them get past what must be a feeling of helplessness after losing 21 games the last two seasons.

The Maroon wrote:
I wish I could get more excited about his experience at Rutgers and Drexel, but I don't know what it's going to translate to in Easton. The only real positive I see is that he's familiar with the level of player needed to succeed in Division I lacrosse.


Yes, Drexel and Rutgers didn't exactly have stellar seasons when Rogalski was with those programs.  Drexel went 19-22 during his three seasons there and Rutgers was 40-56 in his six seasons there.  Drilling into the Rutgers data, however, it looks like Rutgers had a pretty strong strength of schedule and typically played 6-7 teams each year that ended up ranked in the top 20.  In fact, during his time there, Rutgers played 44 games against teams in the top 20 (typically Syracuse, Georgetown, Princeton, Delaware, Army) and won 7 of them which is not too shabby. Of their losses to these ranked teams, 10 were by one goal (3 in OT).  By contrast, during the same time period, Lafayette played 24 games against teams in the top 20 and did not win any, not even during the 2010 dream season.  Of course, it is difficult to tease out the effect that an assistant or associate head coach has on game outcome but at the very least, Rogalski has a lot of experience preparing for and playing against very strong teams.  

Bottom line - he may not have the "wow" factor we were hoping for but if he has the personal qualities attributed to him by Stagnitta and others (several very positive posts on the laxpower.com Lafayette thread), he may be just what this team needs.  After all, probably no one has expectations that any coach could create a powerhouse in Easton.  I'd settle for a .500 season in the next few years.
Bogus Megapardus

The Maroon wrote:

There's nothing to get excited about in terms of what he did at Scranton. He took a 6-9 team and got them to 9-8 his first season which is good but the bottom line is he had somebody else's kids. I'm a huge believer that you don't know what you've got in a coach until season three - and he only lasted two at Scranton.


Agreed.  Rogalski created quite a buzz at Scranton and in the Landmark Conference from what I've read so far.  Aside from his record, it seems to be the way his team was winning, and the excitement he created, that caught people's attention.  Clearly his departure from Scranton was a surprise and some people are a little teed off that Scranton didn't do the things it needed to do to hang on to a good coach.  They're also a bit annoyed at Rogalski himself for abandoning the program.  I can understand both sentiments.

What I find especially remarkable is that Rogalski brought 19 freshmen to Scranton for the upcoming season.  That's huge for a DIII school, where the total rosters typically hover around 30-35 kids.  I doubt he had a bunch of recruiting resources at his disposal, and he probably didn't have any full-time assistants to help him recruit.  There has be be something to his personality and style that makes a kid want to play for him.  I'm sure that was a key component in Lafayette's decision to hire him.

What remains to be seen is if Rogalski is ready for prime time.  Will his enthusiasm translate to points on the board, or is he full of hot air?  Does he have the coaching chops for the speed and caliber of DI ball and DI players?  There's a HUGE difference between how Scranton play lacrosse and how Lafayette plays lacrosse.  I know that he has quite a bit of time in as a DI assistant, but he's all alone on the big stage now.

All things considered, I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt - for now.
Long Time Fan

Lafalum wrote:
No concessions should be given at the expense of other successful programs.


Athletic programs?  At Lafayette?  What programs are these?
Lafalum

Long Time Fan wrote:
Lafalum wrote:
No concessions should be given at the expense of other successful programs.


Athletic programs?  At Lafayette?  What programs are these?

point taken
Bogus Megapardus

Long Time Fan wrote:
Lafalum wrote:
No concessions should be given at the expense of other successful programs.


Athletic programs?  At Lafayette?  What programs are these?


Field Hockey, for one.

Interestingly, Lafayette topped the PL in Field Hockey last year, finishing with an RPI rank of 33 and and receiving 8 "also received" votes in the top 20 poll.  But newcomer Boston University finished last season with an RPI rank of 17 and a #13 ranking in the national poll.  So that's more competition for FH, which (presumably) will require greater resources.

As a league, America East was substantially better than the PL last year.
Lafalum

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Long Time Fan wrote:
Lafalum wrote:
No concessions should be given at the expense of other successful programs.


Athletic programs?  At Lafayette?  What programs are these?


Field Hockey, for one.

Interestingly, Lafayette topped the PL in Field Hockey last year, finishing with an RPI rank of 33 and and receiving 8 "also received" votes in the top 20 poll.  But newcomer Boston University finished last season with an RPI rank of 17 and a #13 ranking in the national poll.  So that's more competition for FH, which (presumably) will require greater resources.

As a league, America East was substantially better than the PL last year.


With football scholarships they will now gain 4 additional scholarships bringing them to a full NCAA allowed number  of 12. Great coach, facilities ok, AI is not a factor because FH like lacrosse is a prep sport and there are plenty of good students and good athletes. Lafayette is in the hot bed geographically for the sport. We should open in the top 25. Played very tough with  then nbr 16 Albany last year. We will be adding depth this season.
Maybe a foreign player  next year with the additional scholarship????
carney2

I know even less about lacrosse than I know about the sports I blabber about on this board.  Standing here on the outside looking in however, this hire looks very much like one that was dictated by financial constraints and/or desperation.  I'm seeing no reason to believe that the lacrosse program is moving forward or even becoming competitive with its League rivals.  Just the latest dose of what we are coming to expect from Lafayette.

Am I wrong?
Bogus Megapardus

carney2 wrote:
I know even less about lacrosse than I know about the sports I blabber about on this board.  Standing here on the outside looking in however, this hire looks very much like one that was dictated by financial constraints and/or desperation.  I'm seeing no reason to believe that the lacrosse program is moving forward or even becoming competitive with its League rivals.  Just the latest dose of what we are coming to expect from Lafayette.

Am I wrong?


Let's put it this way - with Lafayette's ideal geographic location, lacrosse pedigree and membership in a very strong lax conference, it would not be at all unreasonable to expect something substantially more.
Franks Tanks

We are behind the 8 ball again.  Lehigh had ads all over the radio the last few days talking about their LAX camp for rising juniors and Sophomores. Lehigh will have a ton of 15 and 16 year old LAX players on campus for the camp, and will already be recruiting kids.  We as usual are doing nothing.  Our new coach does run LAX camps so he does have the ability to launch something similar at Lafayette, and it is critical for him to do so.
Lafalum

Franks Tanks wrote:
We are behind the 8 ball again.  Lehigh had ads all over the radio the last few days talking about their LAX camp for rising juniors and Sophomores. Lehigh will have a ton of 15 and 16 year old LAX players on campus for the camp, and will already be recruiting kids.  We as usual are doing nothing.  Our new coach does run LAX camps so he does have the ability to launch something similar at Lafayette, and it is critical for him to do so.


But don't we have a new bean counter and new grass on the quad? I hope they added room in the mail room for all the applications and recruiting opportunities coming our way.
RichH

True LU has gotten some very good kids from the camps. Camps draw not only local. Md,NY, Ct, Philly and NJ.Active in Oh, Cal, Can, Cant just recruit in NE anymore altho that is where vast majority of top talent still is. 5 yrs or so there will be much more spread around , must  establish a presence now.
PardsLax

carney2 wrote:
I know even less about lacrosse than I know about the sports I blabber about on this board.  Standing here on the outside looking in however, this hire looks very much like one that was dictated by financial constraints and/or desperation.  I'm seeing no reason to believe that the lacrosse program is moving forward or even becoming competitive with its League rivals.  Just the latest dose of what we are coming to expect from Lafayette.

Am I wrong?


I think the Athletic Department made some small but meaningful steps to attract a good head coach and future recruits.  These include a more competitive compensation package for coaches, athletic scholarships starting next year (maybe up to four eventually), and possibly playing all (or more) home games at Fisher.  I guess we'll see if these steps actually make a difference but they aren't trivial in my book.
Bogus Megapardus

PardsLax wrote:
I think the Athletic Department made some small but meaningful steps to attract a good head coach and future recruits.  These include a more competitive compensation package for coaches, athletic scholarships starting next year (maybe up to four eventually), and possibly playing all (or more) home games at Fisher.  I guess we'll see if these steps actually make a difference but they aren't trivial in my book.


This is all positive news.  Four scholarships plus some marketing to draw folks to Fisher (especially in western N.J.) could make a world of difference
Bogus Megapardus

The rumor on the LaxPower forum is that former Drexel player Matt Musci will join Rogalski's staff as an assistant.  Musci currently is an assistant at DII Saint Leo University (in Florida).

I seem to recall Musci as a player at Drexel - he was a pretty good Attack.  I imagine he'll help out with the offense.
Bogus Megapardus

Also from the LaxPower forum:

"Ski is a really good coach and he is finalizing a good, hard-working staff that shares his values and passion. I think people will be pleasantly surprised by how quickly Ski changes the culture of the program and attitude and hopefully this all results in success. Best of luck to Ski, the staff and the program."
PardsLax

New assistant coaches announced:

http://www.goleopards.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/071312aaa.html
seenalot

Like both hires here - if the kid can recruit players to Scranton he has a shot of doing better with more to sell at LC.  A quick scan of the Scranton roster has him hitting the right schools - so he is something of a known quantity to coaches.  Would expect Musci to be the high energy guy we need.

We need help on the D side, with clears and overall middie play - hope to hell this staff can "teach" some of that.   Not as concerned about the offense as I think we could be ok there.

Bogus - PardLax - your thoughts?
PardsLax

I especially like the Musci hire.  Rumor has it that he is a rising star in the assistant coach ranks.  I also like the fact that he has five years of coaching under his belt.  The last two assistants had relatively brief assistant coach stints before coming to Lafayette.  It also seems like he had a good career at Drexel which can give him some street cred.  Williams also had a good playing career at DII Lycoming and put up some pretty good offensive numbers.  I think the offense will be in good hands.  There is talent on the attack but they need to be utilized much more effectively.  Really need some help on man-up offense and this was one of Williams' strengths as a player.

From what we are hearing, Rogalski has a good mind for defense and is an effective teacher.  There are some good players on D but this is where we really need a coach who can figure out some good schemes.  Let's hope Coach Ski is the one.

If nothing else, the change in regime should go a long way to bring some excitement back to the program, at least initially.  I think we all know things cannot turn around overnight but we can hope for more than 2-3 wins in 2013.
Bogus Megapardus

Seenalot - My understanding is that Rogalski himself is a top-notch recruiter.  I would speculate that Bruce McC made that a major component of his decision to hire him.  Muccci's recruiting skills will add to that.  And yes, it is the general consensus that Rogalski is a skilled defensive scheme guy.  The tall, skinny guys we've had manning the long poles of late would be great in DIII but DI lax these days requires a very special skill set.  Agility, core strength and raw athleticism (plus excellent field vision) are more critical than size and arm reach alone.

Pardslax - I agree completely with your observations, but in a perfect world I'd have preferred some DI playing experience.  Nevertheless, I think these guys will prove quickly that they're up to the task and that they know what they're doing.

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