It was a tough loss for the team, but coach Matt LaFleur is looking forward to playing them on Liberty's home turf.
"Playing the Spartans is extremely difficult because they do such a tremendous job in all aspects of the game," said LaFleur
."I told our players I thought we played hard, but not necessarily smart.Hopefully this experience will motivate them to continue to work hard to improve their game."
now heads up the boys program and the varsity team, replacing Mark Johnson; Al Brondolo is the new freshman boys coach, and Nicole Norris, a 1998 Liberty graduate, has taken the reigns for the frosh girls team.
After coaching the freshmen boys team for two years, LaFleur
stepped into the head coaching job as soon as the opportunity presented itself.He also was a high school coach for five years in Fremont before coming to Brentwood. LaFleur teaches world history at Liberty and enjoys working with kids.He
fulfilled a dream when he
took the head position.
"It's a lot of respect and a different position," said LaFleur
."People question your judgment, but if you're in charge, you get to instill values you think are important in helping these guys succeed."
, team camaraderie among players and coaches is the best part of his
has always gotten more satisfaction accomplishing things as a team than as an individual.
Of this year's varsity team, he
has an interesting mix of players.
"Most are returning from last year, but they weren't starters so it's taken them some time to get comfortable with each other and the new offensive and defensive philosophy," he
LaFleur's goal for the squad is to compete on a nightly basis and to "build a respectable program that when somebody looks at it, they'll know the kids play hard, play together and understand what it means to be a team player."