The reality is that only one team can take it all home. It was quite a transformation, to say the least, from the start of the year to now.
The losses piled up after a strong pre-season and we were not playing like a confident group. Lots of very lopsided, ugly losses. The kinds of losses that leave coaches awake all night pulling out their hair wondering what in the hell they are doing wrong. But, boys write this down, patience is a virtue.
Little by little, as the season wore on, everyone began to buy into what we were trying to do.
Amazing things can happen when no one sees themselves as being bigger than the team. Another mark of great teams is how they respond to adversity. Watching this group make the transition from bottom feeder to contender is something we, as coaches, cannot take credit for.
Nothing changed in our approach. What changed is you guys. You took it upon yourselves to get better no matter the cost.
When taking this job to coach the Mustangs there was a common sentiment from people about what to expect from the group of players we were taking over. The boys really took on the persona of the underdogs and used it to their advantage.
This may sound strange to some but, as coaches, winning games comes second to instilling important values in your team. Usually, there is more to be learned from a loss than from a win.
We have a laundry list of expectations from our players: to play for each other, to learn how to work as a unit, to never quit, to show respect to the game and their peers, to strive to be better, to learn as much as possible, and most importantly, to have fun.
Mission accomplished, fellas. That is why this is a season we will cherish forever.
No matter what any of you players end up doing with your lives, if you carry those same values into your future endeavours, great things will follow. Thank you all for an amazing season!
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