(This post originally appeared on NewJerseyNewsroom’s Press Box.)
Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan will be the first to admit his team’s 3-8 season was frustrating. Callahan’s 18th season in charge was a turbulent one for the Hawks.
“I think from a won-loss record standpoint it was disappointing. We went into the season with much higher aspirations than 3-8,” Callahan said. “We thought we were going to be in a position to compete for the league championship and to compete for the automatic bid that goes along with it, and unfortunately that wasn’t the case. I will say that I am still very happy with the way our players continued to prepare and how hard they played despite the last couple of games we knew we weren’t going to be playing for a championship or anything like that.”
Monmouth was plagued by close losses all season long. Four of the team’s defeats came by one-point in 2010. Callahan looks to use the past season as a learning experience going forward for everyone involved.
“I think what we can do is to continue to coach to put yourself in a better position to win those tight games. And I think a lot of that comes from confidence, a lot of it comes from being in tight games and winning them. What I think you can try to develop is the mentality of mental toughness, and [when] we can get into those tight situations, you’re very confident that you’re going to win. We think that those things you can start to develop throughout the winter and the spring.”
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