It’s been a little over nine months since the Cru were crowned National Champions that chilly December night in Salem, Virginia and a new season is just around the corner.
For head coach Pete Fredenburg and the rest of the program, it’s an exciting but pressuring time.
“We have very high expectations and are excited to go into the season as the National Champions, but knowing we have to fill some big shoes and work extremely hard to create the same team chemistry it takes to win all your games,” Fredenburg said.
With just a few weeks away from the first game of the 2017 season, the Cru is ready to focus on doing whatever it takes to make this year another successful one.
“The first game is always a concern to get over the excitement and make sure we are doing the things we need to grow as a good team,” Fredenburg said. “We just need to continue to work on our tempo on offense and continue to strive to be balanced. We play Sul Ross and they are getting much better so we will work very hard to get prepared for that game.”
The Cru will be facing some changes to the roster this season, but there are no shortages of players who aren’t willing to step up to lead this team into success this season.
“The biggest change will be the players who are moving into the leadership roles of our team, Fredenburg said. “Among others, I believe Haston Adams is prepared to be a great player.”
With a fresh set of faces joining the team this season, Fredenburg believes the guys will have to work very hard to build the bond that will lead them to a successful season.
“These guys want to win the first game and continue the process to develop into a great team,” he said. “Our biggest challenge this year is just going to be developing the team chemistry needed to do so. It is important that we stay healthy as well.”
Fredenburg has been a vital part of the program since it began 19 years ago, and it’s no secret that his passion for the game and coaching has made a huge impact on every team he has coached.
“I love watching guys grow into new roles needed to make a team function and grow,” he said. “It is a process that evolves with maturity and dedication.”
The Cru will face Sul Ross State University in their first game of the season at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, September 9 at 6 o’clock.