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Coaches name 07-08 Captains (10/20/07)

In an attempt to have strong leadership within the team starting at tryouts, the VC coaches decided to name captains early this year. While this represents a change from the previous 5 seasons, coach John Basanese sees it as an important move.


"In years past, we've elected captains after tryouts.  However, in our offseason discussions, Donny (Fugate) and I decided that we wanted to start the season out strong as far as leadership is concerned.  We hope that this will allow us to hit the ground running, more so than in years past," Basanese said.


This year's captains are as follows:


Christian de Leon, Senior, MF: A third year varsity player, Christian will bring great leadership to the team.  His efforts to organize an offseason running program for VC players will pay dividends early in the season.


Tyler Seaman, Senior, D: Another third year varsity player who has played a very important role in several VC games, Tyler will enter this season as a team captain. Tyler's natural leadership skills, and great attitude made him an easy choice.


John Walitsch, Senior, M: Yet another third year varsity player, Walitsch will look to add to his already impressive VC career.  As a Junior, John tallied the winning goal against Mitty, and his other goal came in the school's first ever tie with Bellarmine.  John has the respect of his teammates, and will be a field general in the center mid.


As is a Valley Christian men's soccer tradition, the captains and coaches were taken to dinner by Mr. Joe Nettemeyer.  Mr. Nettemeyer's kids came through our program, and he is a great leader in the community.


The dinner was held at A.P. Stumps again, and it was a great success.  We discussed what it means to be a leader, and the upcoming season.


Note: Tyler Seaman had to miss the Captain's dinner due to prior commitments to the VC Cross Country team. He was missed, but we will catch him up on what was discussed.


With three strong leaders, Coach Fugate sees this year as a great opportunity for the guys.


"I hope that the captains take what they learned from the dinner with Mr. Nettemeyer, and use those things to become strong leaders.  This is not a situation where these guys have arrived, rather, the beginning of a great opportunity to grow their leadership skills and help this program succeed.  They're well positioned to do that, and we're excited!"  Fugate said.


The season starts today, and win or lose, the team will have great leadership!


Photos from the dinner can be found here.