Coast Guard head coach Kevin Jaskiewicz, in his seventh season, is looking for his team to play a more complete game in the 2015-16 season coming a year in which the team finished 6-19 overall and 2-12 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
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"In six of our losses last season we were leading in the second half, so if we get better at closing out games we will make a significant change," said Jaskiewicz. "We need to get better at our 40 minute game, for 30 minutes we were showing the ability to be competitive , but we just need to show the ability to lengthen that out."
The NEWMAC sent four teams to the NCAA tournament in the 2013-14 season and three teams last year including Babson which advanced to the Final Four.
"Our conference is one of the top conferences in the country, not in New England, in the country," said Jaskiewicz. "It's going to be a dog fight night in and night out. We will be prepared and fight hard for 40 minutes. The difference between winning and losing in several games last season was a small margin."
To get prepared for NEWMAC play the Bears scrimmaged a pair of teams that went to the NCAA tournament last season and will see another DePauw, in the Tampa Bay Shootout in December highlighting the first semester schedule.
"The intent is to prepare ourselves for conference play and my guys wouldn't want it any other way," said Jaskiewicz. "They know how good the NEWMAC is and they want to challenge themselves and be battle tested early on."
Senior guard tri-captain Kevin Alvarez led the team and was 7th in the NEWMAC scoring 13.2 points per game while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range, third best in the conference and also led the team with 6.1 rebounds to go with 39 assists.
Senior forward Mark Krebs and senior guard Ricky Rodriguez are the Bears other two captains this season. Krebs, who averaged 13.2 minutes last season, will see those numbers go up while the team hopes to get Rodriguez, who had offseason ACL surgery, back in time for conference play.
Guard Adrian Chuquillangui and junior Devin Zych, the only juniors on the team, will be counted on more this season getting increased minutes.
The trio of sophomores guards Darius Adams and Micah Baldez along with front court player Ethan Boose, each showed signs of brilliance last season as each scored in double figures during the season and all will see their roles expanded this year.
"Our preseason has been really good and we are making great progress," said Jaskiewicz. "I feel good about what we have been able to accomplish."