A season takes a lot of people pulling in one direction towards a common goal and it would be remiss of me to not take a more public forum to thank so many people for what they did for our team this fall. This BLOG that reaches millions worldwide is my public forum so please pass on my message to the technologically challenged people out there. These are not in any order of ranking or importance. It takes a lot of people to truly make a team better.
What a great group of loyal supporters you have been this year. You have traveled in numbers, watched online and the team and staff fully appreciate your efforts. Tailgates at home games, meals on the road, kind words to me personally and thoughtful letters are very much appreciated and never taken for granted. Your class at games always shines through, which is something you always appreciate when you hear the nonsense that comes from other people. I hope you watched the last game of the season and felt the same way I did at the end – sad to lose, but proud of the character and pride the team showed in representing the program and the school. You only see the games, I see it every day.
Thanks for coming to games both at home and on the road this season. It is rewarding as a coach to know you still care and think of the program so passionately. For those of you who could not make a live game, thanks for the numerous texts and e-mails both celebrating wins and commiserating the losses. Your support says so much about you as people. Once a General…..
3) Jeremy Franklin
If you do not know this fine young man you are missing out. He is the guy that broadcasts our games in his insightful and professional manner. If you listen to other school’s broadcasts you can appreciate how good this guy really is. He is knowledgeable, intelligent and above all else he truly cares about the team and makes every effort to get to know the players as more than just a kid in a jersey with a number on her back. It would be a very sad day if Jeremy Franklin left the hallowed campus of Washington and Lee.
4) Danielle Davis
Our new trainer, Danielle, did a great job this year at keeping us all as healthy as possible. It’s a long season and our training staff works some very long hours and I want them to know that every minute you spend with the athletes is appreciated. It certainly makes coaches lives much easier.
5) Reba Miller: Sports Information Office
The announcer at the games and the person responsible for getting stats updated and game reports out on the website in a timely manner. Reba has done an outstanding job in her first year at Washington and Lee and it is something I do not take for granted when games are staffed appropriately so we can concentrate on the coaching side of things.
6) Tommy and Baner
This sounds like a comedic duo and could easily pass for one… These guys look after the players every need during the season down in the stadium equipment room. Whatever the player’s need, Tommy and Baner take care of it with a kind word and an even bigger smile. Nothing is too much trouble. They enjoy the wins and have comforting words when things do not go well. We would truly be lost without these guys.
7) Megan Fulcher
Dr. Fulcher is the women’s soccer team’s faculty athletic mentor and has been a big help to our players when they need academic advice with classes, as well as really understanding them off the field (This means feeding them…they are not that complex). Megan’s Peanut Butter Balls (size of beach balls) are always a welcomed gift in the locker room. She and her family drive to away games and support the Generals through the goodness of their hearts and we appreciate the support.
8) Mike Mayo
Who? He hides behind the scenes and prefers it that way but Mike is responsible for making sure we have awesome fields to play and practice on every day. Over the last few years our fields have improved largely due to Mike’s attention to them and pride in his work. A great guy that goes above and beyond because he truly cares.
Student body, friends of players, faculty, school administrators and community people all come out to support the Generals. It means a lot to a player to see people fill the stands and that the faces are familiar. What would we do without Bob’s double bubble? One of my favorite things over the last couple of years has been the support of the other teams on campus who rearrange practice or just encourage their teams to support each other. Swimming, Women’s Basketball, Football, Men’s Soccer, Volleyball, Men’s Lax we owe you and look forward to returning the favor whenever we can.
10) Coach Rachael
I enjoy working with you. You have a great understanding of what it takes to be a coach and balance being accessible to players with a sense of no compromise either. Holding players accountable and pushing them to improve is why we are successful. You are a great role model on and off the field because you have truly walked in their shoes and continue to work hard every day. Nothing is easy, life can be tough but your attitude is refreshing in educating the players make that transition to college. I am truly blessed to work with you.