Thursday, August 12, 2004
The University of Alabama women’s soccer team begins preparations for the 2004 season Friday at 9 a.m. with its preseason training camp. Head coach Don Staley is excited to begin practice and have a chance to evaluate his returning players’ progress as well as the seven freshmen who will join the team.
“I’ve done this for 19 years now, 11 years at Alabama, and I’m always extremely excited about returning to the field, Staley said. “We had a great spring and now is the time for us to build off of that.”
The Crimson Tide went 6-2-1 in spring competition and Staley hopes to use that success as a springboard into the fall to propel his team into post-season play.
One newcomer that Staley believes will put Alabama over the top in its bid to return to post-season play is new assistant coach Katie Barnes. Barnes has played professionally for the Atlanta Beat and the Steel City Sparks and Staley is excited about the experience and enthusiasm she will bring to the team.
As fall practice kicks off, Alabama is also finishing preparations to move into its new facility.
“(Wednesday) I could see the excitement in the players’ faces, both to begin practice and get into the new facility,” said Staley. “They are just bubbling over.”
Players reported to campus on Wednesday afternoon for team meetings and will have the team photo made Thursday before work begins in earnest on Friday.