Talk about the challenge of taking over the helm of six sports.
I look at this as more of an honor. I mean, yes, it is challenging, but I'm honored to be given charge of six sports at Penn State and we're all working very hard to make this a successful transition. We spent the summer putting together what we feel is an outstanding staff and now we're excited to begin this season.
Talk about returning letter winners and team leaders.
On the women's side, we have our MVP back, sophomore Janelle Young while on the men's side, Dan Mazzocco returns. Mazzocco returns after being an All-American in cross country last season. Both our incoming classes feature a lot of talent and I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of impact each runner can have.
Can you comment on your facility?
I love running at the Blue Course. It's an outstanding and fair course and well respected nationally. Penn State has hosted nationals before, which is testimony to the quality of the run. Happy Valley is a beautiful place to train, so running here is a great experience.
Your schedule features multiple trips to two places, talk about that.
Lock Haven hosts NCAA Regionals in early November, so we'll open up the season at the LHU Invite to get a sneak peak at that course. Then nationals are in Terre Haute, Indiana, later in November and we'll get to see that course when we take part in the Pre-National Invitational in October. It's our hope that this early look at these courses will help our athletes prepare for those two NCAA runs in November.