Eisenhower coach Brad Ackerman talks with his players during a timeout against Davis Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (ANDY SAWYER/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Coach Brad Ackerman, in his 11th season at Eisenhower, calls this aspect of his team - the mental focus to remain even-tempered and consistent - a work in progress and steadily headed in the right direction.
watched the highs and lows of his
team run like a wild roller-coaster last month, his
frustration was reaching critical mass.
Cadets focused on little things with reminders on their warm-ups because "they got sick and tired of me saying it," he
For example, stay in the moment.
As the defense solidifies and more consistency begins to show, Ackerman
team's tenacity and talent and the opportunity that lies ahead.