By Sean Clifford in Sports
October 20, 2011
Men’s basketball Head Coach Michael Nestor faces a difficult challenge in 2011.
He was hired on March 30, to replace former head coach John Wilson Jr., and in his first year with the Bald Eagles Nestor will be seeking to improve an LHU squad that struggled its way to just a single victory in 26 games in 2010.
Efforts to improve the program have already been implemented, but Nestor acknowledged that this season will be a transition year for the Bald Eagles.
“The guys are really working hard in the pre-season, but they still will have a huge adjustment once we get to the regular practices,” Nestor said.
“My expectations for this season are very simple. I want this team to get better each and every day. If we can do that and really improve as a group so we are playing our best basketball by the end of the season then I will see this year as a positive year and one to build on for the future,” he added.
Fans are also optimistic about this year’s team.
“After last season you could just tell that the team needed a change. The team wasn’t cohesive and struggled mightily on the defensive side of the ball.” said LHU student and fan Connor Rittwage.
Because of the squad’s lack of height Nestor is preaching strong rebounding and defense as a collective team effort. He also plans on using his smaller, quicker players to run an up-tempo offense, forcing opponents to play at a faster pace than they may be accustomed to.
LHU student Kaylee Fetters is anticipating the team’s improvement for the upcoming season.
“The team is really talented and I’m excited to see what the new coach can do. The Bald Eagles have a bright future,” she said.
Nestor and the Bald Eagles open the season at home against Ashland University on Nov. 14.