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Western Illinois Coaches at TPC Deere Run

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The Western Illinois athletics department held their annual golf outing at TPC Deere Run on June 19. Video: Western Illinois Coaches at TPC Deere Run
The Western Illinois athletics department held their annual golf outing at TPC Deere Run on June 19. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 02:42:17 +0000 Western Illinois Coaches at TPC Deere Run The Western Illinois athletics department held their annual golf outing at TPC Deere Run on June 19. WHBF sunday. western illinois athletics held their annual golf outing at tpc deere run on monday. several coaches from the leathernecks athletic programs attended the function. basketball coach billy wright, football coach charlie fisher, and baseball coach ryan browlee were all gracious enough to chat with me. i talked with each coach about the state of their respective programs and their teams' offseason progress. "(billy wright/western illinois basketball coach) "this is week three for them, eight week program of getting bigger, stronger, faster in the weight room and just learning how we do things. we return 10 players, so we're really excited about that, and we add three new ones. we're just trying to get the chemistry right on the court, and off the court as well as academic achievement because they take anywhere from three to six credit hours of summer school. it's a great situation for us and we're fortunate to have that time in the summer." "i just want a full year without any key injuries. last year, i thought we did a really good job making an adjustment when our starting point guard, jabari sandifer, tore his acl right before conference. we made a few adjustments, started off 3-1 in conference, and then we lose our backup point guard. i thought they did a really good job being determined and focus on making the conference tournament. we did a really good job of competing, but at the end of the day for us to take the next step, we definitely want to have a complete year without any injuries. as far as the culture and the climate, i feel great about that and the guys have totally bought into what we're trying to do, we just have to make sure we stay healthy."(charlie fisher/western illinois football coach) "obviously your offseason starts in january when you come back, got a new strength coach, matt jacobs, who we hired from northern illinois. he's done a fabulous job with our players and our players have really responded to him. they just got back on campus for summer conditioning and training about two weeks ago. it's the way of live now for a football player. there's very little time off, very little time away from campus. they're working hard, they're up early in the morning and they put in a good day's work every day for us.""we got a veteran team back adam, really pleased with where we are. i wasn't pleased with the way we finished obviously. we were a 6-2 team and lost three close games at the end, but at the end of the day you have to look at that, correct it, and let it inspire you, let it drive you to finish stronger this year and do a better job down the stretch. we've gotta improve our pass defense immensely, number one. we weren't very good against the pass all year, and our problems there were really exposed down the stretch. we've got a lot of guys back, got a lot of good guys on both sides of the ball. they're working hard, they're hungry. we've got a great group of kids."(ryan brownlee/western illinois baseball coach) "being at western, this will be year six for me, spent a lot of time in this area and there's always good baseball players coming out of the quad cities." "back in the '70s, we had a great run when it was colleges and university division, but we need to take that next step with division i baseball as far as going to the regionals consistently and that's what we're shooting for, giving ourselves a chance to win the conference tournament every year and then go on and play the ncaa and hopefully go to the world series.""division i baseball is the one sport where you have a legitimate chance of beating anybody if you play well on a certain day. that's kind of the culture that we've developed since i've gotten there, don't look at the name across the chest, just go out and focus on playing good baseball. we've done something's in the last five years that western hasn't done before just from a draft standpoint, all-league standpoint, all-academic league standpoint. apr, which is a retention of scholarship athletes, our's is higher than it's ever been at western before. from an infrastructure standpoint, we're doing some great things

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