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.
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.