The coach of the Arizona Western College men's basketball team has had a successful first season at the helm.


There is a theory among successful coaches that the job requires filling many roles
part-time mentor, parent, therapist, friend, psychologist, teacher and motivational speaker.

And somewhere along the line, being a coach comes into play.
 


How does a team top a season in which it went 11-1 and played in the National Championship game? The obvious answer would be by winning the national title, but maybe it's not that simple.

 


The Mats have played in a manner this season that would make any old-time baseball fan feel all warm and fuzzy inside. With a combination of peak effort and smart baseball, the team has put itself in position to make a postseason run.


The agony of losing the national championship can be heard in the voices of coaches and returning players alike. Painful as it is, though, losing a game of that magnitude only serves motivation as the team cranks up spring practices.


The parity in the conference this year promises to make for an exciting post-season, and the Matadors feel they have a golden opportunity to add 2012 onto the banner hanging in The House.


We are more confident like last year, reports Olingende, last year's ACCAC Freshman of the Year. This is a lofty comparison, considering that last year's Lady Matadors won 30 games and went to the region final.

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