The University of Saint Mary hosted the fifth edition of Coach’s Corner Thursday afternoon on campus.
USM’s director of sports management Jim Zimmerman continued his role of hosting the event. Like the fourth edition, Zimmerman did not open with a joke, leaving the coaches in attendance disappointed. He did briefly touch on the recent news with Spires athletics before introducing Chuck Kearney, head wrestling coach at Saint Mary.
The coach talked about the season so far and the tough competition the wrestlers have faced, including wrestlers from NCAA Division I powerhouse Iowa. He also touched on some meets that the team will have coming up.
After Kearney, wrestling continued with Justin Bode of Leavenworth. Bode is the assistant coach of the program. He talked about key players for the team as practices have begun for the upcoming season. The coach also mentioned how the team will have some female wrestlers this season and that he is confident they will be ready to go regardless of which gender they wrestle against. Bode also touched on the other teams in the United Kansas Conference and how all six members have a strong history with wrestling over the years. He talked about the changes with Leavenworth jumping back up to 6A.
After Bode spoke, Zimmerman introduced Gary Mattingly, athletic director at Lansing High School. Mattingly gave a recap of the fall sports season for the various teams and the successful years that a majority of the teams had.
Zimmerman then introduced the final speaker of the day, USM volleyball coach Amy Refenes.
Refenes talked about the end of the Spires’ season last weekend at the KCAC tournament and how the team ended the year with a record of 25-15, a program best. She gave a brief recap of the year and how the team overcame injuries to some key players. She gave a look ahead to next season.
Zimmerman closed the event by previewing the final edition in 2018 which will feature basketball coaches from the three schools. He also said the next edition might have the esports coach speak as well.