When spring semester comes to an end, so does spring football. Friday marked the end of spring football, where new head coach Chris Krich distilled accountability and discipline into his new players.
The Leopards were allowed 16 practices in four weeks for the spring. They are not allowed to meet again for practice until Aug. 18.
“We were able to accomplish everything we wanted to accomplish,” Krich said. “Being a new coach I wanted to put in a sense of discipline and accountability into practice.”
La Verne is coming off of a disappointing season, where they snapped a 19 game losing streak by beating Whittier in the final game of the year, giving them a record of 1-8.
The Leopards finished last in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Having a new coach this year, the players are ready and excited for a fresh start.
“Coach Krich brings a lot of energy to the program,” junior quarterback Thomas Arguello said. “He wants to win, and our ultimate goal is to win a conference championship.”
Krich comes to La Verne from Millikin University in Illinois, where he was the team’s defensive coordinator. He was the defensive coordinator from 1998-2000, then came back to coach in 2006.
“Coach Krich is talking about a lot of different things that will turn this program around,” senior wide receiver Cedric Ho said.
“We went into spring practice getting everyone on the same page.” Krich said. “There were a lot of guys doing their own thing, so we wanted to bring them all together.”
During spring practice, Krich put the players through what they can expect come fall.
“We did a lot of things that got the offenses and defenses competing against each other,” Ho said. “We are doing a lot of things position wise that is getting us ready for the season.”
“Spring practice got everyone to buy in, a lot more people care and want to see a change,” junior offensive linebacker Matthew Miller said.
Krich made spring camp tough, and made sure that the little things the players did made a difference.
“You’re either coaching it, or allowing it to happen, that was our philosophy during the spring,” Krich said.
“Everyone is excited with the new coaching staff,” junior linebacker Fillip Marcelin said. “We have new plays and a new attitude that brings a whole new football environment.”
The Leopards have the summer to get into game shape before fall camp. La Verne’s first fall practice starts on Aug. 18.
“The players are excited to get a opportunity to win,” Marcelin said. “We are excited to go out there and compete.”
La Verne will open conference play at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Ortmayer Stadium.
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