2006-2007 Season Preview:
An Interview with Head Coach Tony Marcopulos

With only 3 players returning from last season's roster, what can Seahawk fans expect from this group?

Marcopulos: "This group is much smaller but much deeper and quicker than some of the teams I have had in the past. Our depth will end up being an advantage for us as the season unwinds. I think this team will be very versatile and have a lot of interchangeable parts. This team has a variety of people who can score and I think that will develop into a strength for this team. We do not have a lot of experience and the three returners we do have back, really only two (Aaron Patterson, Joe Atang) played last year. Denver Mack redshirted last year. We might struggle early until some of these freshman get some games under there belt."

You open the year with three straight at home. Did you do that on purpose because of the inexperience? What is your philosophy in regard to scheduling?

Marcopulos: "Most coaches try to play as many home games as possible. I know we are very difficult to beat at home. However, it is important to get your team on the road early and find out how they will react to a different environment. Usually it pays off for conference play. Some teams travel better than others. Some of our more experienced teams played better on the road than at home. I purposely scheduled home games early so we could get some experience in a more comfortable atmosphere. Of course, playing at home entitles you to nothing. I'm sure Butte, Canada, and Alameda. will be ready to play to open the year."

How do you think the Seahawks stack up in the Coast Conference South this year?

Marcopulos: "I think we stack up well. We have several teams that can win our league. We are one of them. The conference is improving as well. DeAnza, Gavilan and Hartnell all have hired new coaches within the last year. They will all continue to improve. I'm sure it will just get more competitive. It will be interesting to see how we come together and improve as the year unfolds."

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