Women's Soccer to Begin 2002 with "Midnight Madness"
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Under new leadership in 2002, Indiana Universitys womens soccer program kicks off training camp Wednesday, August 14 in a new way. Setting the tone for camp and perhaps the entire season, the Hoosier coaching staff has made the decision to host "Midnight Madness" at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Head coach Mick Lyon hopes that the excitement and eagerness of the coaching staff will carry over to the team.
"NCAA rules only permit us to work with the team for a specified number of days before school begins. We are so excited to get this program going that well be out there one minute past midnight," Lyon said.
Although "Midnight Madness" is typically associated with college basketball and the excitement of kicking off a new season, Lyon and his coaching staff of Ian Rickerby and Sara Kloosterman hope to create a buzz of excitement in the players by beginning the season with such a unique approach.
Lyon begins his first season as the second Indiana head coach in school history after nine successful years at the University of Evansville where he was the first coach in school history. His record of 107-65-18 over nine seasons saw him lead the Aces to six straight Missouri Valley Conference Championships, beginning in 1996. He was also named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1996, 1997 and 2000.
He has selected experience and energy in his assistant coaches. Rickerby comes to the Hoosiers as first assistant coach after serving as second assistant coach at Purdue. Kloosterman serves as the second assistant coach for the Hoosiers after four successful years as a goalkeeper at Michigan State. Their knowledge of the perpetually tough Big Ten Conference will only enhance Indianas 2002 campaign.
A strong core of talent returns for 2002, including Kara Bryan, Kim Grodek and Emily Hotz.
Hotz returns after being named an all-Big Ten second-team midfielder in 2001, while Bryan led the team in overall statistics last season. Grodek was a standout freshman in 2001, stepping in and scoring critical goals in the teams eight victories. A strong freshman recruiting class and an experienced group of returners has the Hoosiers prepared for success this season.
The IU schedule pits the Hoosiers against visiting Valparaiso in an exhibition match on August 21 and they begin their regular season schedule August 30 against Kentucky at the Missouri Classic in Columbia, Missouri.
With the expectations Lyon has set for his team this season, "Midnight Madness" is the only appropriate way to kickoff a new era in Hoosier womens soccer.