By Ethan Hamilton
Assistant Sports Director
Spring is a time of growth and learning, but due to the unexpected pandemic of COVID-19, plans have stalled and NCAA athletes are in an unfamiliar situation they haven’t been in before.
Before the outbreak, Texas State soccer nearly began its spring exhibition matches against Incarnate Word, TCU, Baylor, and UTSA. Unfortunately, those games were canceled due to the coronavirus and now the Bobcats must continue the rest of the offseason away from campus.
Texas State assistant coach Lorraine Quinn has led the charge of adapting through the unique offseason while under quarantine and uses this time focusing on what the ‘Cats need to work on to get back on top of the Sun Belt.
“Our offseason is such a huge time to prepare for us and we were making such great progress with the young freshman class,” Quinn said.
According to Quinn, the team has been utilizing technology to communicate so that they can best prepare for the upcoming season while at home.
“We started our Zoom meetings about communication and expectations of what to do on our own and isolated, so we have done a lot of communication with our student-athletes to continue preparations,” Quinn said. “Getting in some runs, getting in some strength work, work on the ball, technical work, they have been really receptive to getting that training in.”
The offseason is very important for players. The Bobcats look to stay disciplined while in quarantine with coaches unable to instruct in-person.
“If we don’t come disciplined, then we wouldn’t come prepared for the season once it came,” Quinn said.
The coaches are focused on both recruitment and to improve player development in the offseason. However, with recruits unable to visit San Marcos, coaches find more difficulty in signing new student-athletes.
“The NCAA pretty much put a dead period on recruitment, which means we can’t go off-campus recruiting and we can’t also have recruits on-campus,” Quinn said. “That’s for the safety and health of all Texas State members, but also the prospective student-athletes we are trying to recruit.”
Quinn was tight-lipped when it came to discussing which players could surprise her this upcoming season. However, the third-year assistant is hopeful that some players would improve.
“Not going to throw any names out because everything will be earned and every minute will be earned,” Quinn said. “I’m hoping some student-athletes will surprise me.”
The senior duo of the Streber sisters, Kayla and Holly, are among many of the returning members who’ve played significant roles both on and off the field. Coach Quinn emphasized the discipline, communication, and organization shown by the Bobcats with experience.
“We do ask each year that our senior class pull those underclassmen underneath their wing to get them acclimated to what Texas State Soccer is,” Quinn said.
According to Quinn, in the offseason, the coaching staff tries to strengthen their culture through the “Three C’s”; commitment, connection, and courage.
“Those are the ‘Three C’s’ that we are really focused on and that we want to pull out of each player in each phase of the offseason,” Quinn said. “This summer phase, commitment and courage are what they are most focused on.”
The courage to stay disciplined in this unusual offseason is what can help catapult the Bobcats back to the top of the Sun Belt this upcoming season.
Featured image courtesy of Texas State Athletics.