Screen Shot 2018-11-04 at 7.49.41 PMScreen Shot 2018-11-04 at 7.50.01 PMBy Chrissy Segrest

Elm Staff Writer

Looking at last year’s record of 6-19, Head Coach Aaron Goodman knew he needed to make a change.

In hopes of tackling the  season with a variety of types of experience in the coaching staff, Coach Goodman brings back Coach Alex Bates for his third season, as well as bringing on former head manager Mike Durilla, who graduated from Washington College in 2013, and Maryland’s own Cody Joyce, all as assistant coaches.

Bates came to the Shoremen originally as a volunteer assistant coach, but was promoted to top assistant coach prior to last season. Starting off his collegiate career, Bates studied at Division I Northeastern University where he played 30 games over the course of two seasons.

Transferring to Tennessee State University, Bates played in 29 games, starting 12 of the 29. Saving one year of eligibility for graduate school, Bates played his last and final season of collegiate basketball at East Tennessee State unversity.

Over the course of his past three years at WC, Bates has contributed much wisdom to the team in terms of attention to details and tactical assistance.

“His dedication and commitment to our program and players is a big reason we are ready to take a big step forward,” Goodman said. “Bates also continues to grow as an X’s and O coach.  He was a good college player, and his contributions to our on-court strategies are impactful.  I am fortunate to work alongside Coach Bates in building something special at WC.”

Coach Durilla, a former manager for WC men’s basketball, comes back in hopes to influence the culture in a positive way.

Durilla, as a manager, was able to handle the team’s social media accounts, assisted in fundraising, and was the team’s video coordinator.

“WC is a unique place in a unique location,” Durilla said. “With that said, the people who chose to come here form a special bond and community with one another.”

Joyce comes to WC after spending two years at Division I Houston Baptist College and then two years at Division I University of Maryland- Baltimore County.

While a junior at UMBC, Joyce earned an All-American East Conference Second Team Selection.

“Our players having the opportunity to learn from both of them [Joyce and Bates] is very unique to a Division III program.  I know our guys are soaking up their knowledge daily,” Goodman said.

After adapting their “Why Not Us?” motto for the 2018-2019 season, the squad is looking up. With 12 returners and four freshmen, the team is hoping to rise to the top half of the Centennial Conference standings.

With the new coaches on the staff, fans are excited for the new season

Conner Fleegle, the Athletics Broadcasting Coordinator for the college, helps explain the benefits of building relationships with coaches.

“I’m excited. It’s always nice to get to know the new coaches on a personal level,” Fleegle said. “It’s nice to have a conversation with them and gather more knowledge to help me understand their personal game plan better.”

With three assistant coaches at the helm of the men’s basketball program, the Shoremen look forward to their season, which begins on Friday, Nov. 9 at Cairn University.

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