First year head coach Alex Lilac understands that a team needs a number of things to compete in the Wasaren, but the former Hoosick Falls standout knows one trait must be ever present. “Toughness. The kids are beginning to understand that there are few things more valuable than toughness – particularly mental toughness.”
Lilac continued, “With no player taller than 6’2″, everything must start with toughness.” The Valley mentor knows his Indians will have to “use our scrappiness to defend and rebound well” to compete in “the always competitive Wasaren League.”
The Indians have a foursome of key returning players in Isaac Carlo, Derek Eddy, Zack Ryan and Jacob White with Carlo and Eddy assuming leadership roles for the squad.
The preseason has gone well according to Lilac. “We have developed a sturdy foundation to build on with the kids buying in to what we want the program to represent moving forward.”
When asked about top contenders for the league title Lilac echoed a common theme among league coaches. “Hoosick Falls.” Rightfully so as the Panthers have won 40 consecutive league games and 70 of there last 72 Wasaren runs.
When Hoosick Falls and Hoosic Valley meet this year it will bring the added feature of a father/son coaching matchup with Alex’s father Mike, the longtime, incredibly successful Panther head coach.
But the focus for the younger Lilac will be to rebuild the Valley program which has a long and storied tradition of it’s own in the sport.
“We are holding ourselves accountable to be the best version of ourselves everyday.” said Lilac.
Combining that mindset with a developing core of players and the thread of toughness throughout, fuels high hopes for a successful winter season this year in Schaghticoke.