Charlotte, NC -- It has always been said that the real difference is made by the work that athletes perform when no one is watching. Offseason training is what sets programs apart at the collegiate level. As the summer months go by, there are Wildcats preparing for their seasons in the fall and winter.
The JWU Women's Basketball Team will participate in its inaugural season this year under new head coach John Jordan. "It's just our first year" will not be an excuse at all for the Lady Wildcats this season. Jordan plans to hit the ground running with a competitive squad from the beginning. This means that preseason conditioning is imperative for his athletes. "Success begins with preparation. Most of our girls are already working out hard this summer," said Coach Jordan. "Fall conditioning will begin a few days after school starts, and we have warned them to prepare themselves now. We will have less than a month to get them ready for official practice on October 1. We know we are going to run and press as that is our style and the brand of basketball we have recruited for. To play at such a fast pace, it is imperative that our team is in top shape." Coach Jordan has provided his players with a workout regimen to follow in the offseason, and players who meet the established conditioning goals will be rewarded with a t-shirt. He plans to continue to reinforce the importance of hard work in the offseason and refers to incoming freshman Moriah Green as an example. "Moriah has embraced this philosophy. She is from the area and has been coming in three to four mornings per week all summer," he said. "This is before she goes to work her full-time job. It takes this type of dedication to be a successful player on the college level at Johnson & Wales University."
The JWU Men's Basketball Team will enter its fifth season this fall with a new coach at the helm. Coach Jim Casciano will lead the Wildcats, and he is also hard at work making the offseason count. This month has been filled with recruiting new players and meeting current players to make sure that everyone is prepared for the upcoming season. "The brand of basketball the Wildcats will play will be built upon conditioning, versatility, player skills, and basketball IQ," said Coach Casciano. "The play will be up-tempo with an emphasis on fundamentals, defense, and team play. In order for us to play this way, we must be in the best condition possible, and I will be looking to play up to ten players a game." He challenges his players to ask themselves if they are prepared to join this type of team. The team will begin a preseason conditioning program in September for all interested players leading up to the first practice on October 1. These conditioning workouts will be combined with skill development to enrich the various positions. Casciano is building the conditioning program and wants his players to be working hard as well. "The foundation of Wildcat Basketball will be built on conditioning, fundamentals, team play, and playing the game the right way,” he says.
The JWU basketball teams begin play this fall with the men's home opener on October 31 and the women's home opener on November 6.