On Wednesday night, the Friars hosted a “Boston Sports Night” at the Black Rose in Boston. Friar alumn Craig Belhumeur (@TyphoonCraig) attended the event, and wrote up a great recap of his experience. Thanks Craig!
by Craig Belhumeur
Excitement could be sensed upon walking through the door at Boston’s Black Rose Bar last night for PC’s Sports Night. Coach Cooley, Coach Leaman, Coach Seymore and Coach Deraney were all in attendance, including Cooley’s new right hand man, Andre Lafleur. Prior to Coach Seymore calling for everyone’s attention, Bob Driscoll and the coaches made their rounds throughout the room to speak with the fans and supporters that could make it to the event. Cooley sat down with me and my friends for a short while and talked about how intense his practices are.
“Come watch, just let my secretary know your there and come on in”, he told us, as he said he wants everyone to see how hard this team is going to work.
About 15 minutes later Coach Seymore acquired the room’s attention and gave the floor to Steve Napolilo and Bob Driscoll. The two thanked the fans for their support and complimented their coaches that were present and talked about PC alumni as being family. Driscoll also brought up the renovations to take place on campus that is going to cost the school over $25 million. He mentioned an addition to Schneider Arena (Providing a parking garage that could hold 750 cars), a new track and field, soccer and lacrosse complex, renovations to Mullaney Gymnasium and a future “state of the art” practice facility for men’s basketball, exclusively. Coach Seymore discussed that “we might have the most talented team since I have been here”. He also mentioned recruiting and that he has received verbal commitments from two teammates out of Washington D.C. and a young woman out of Bishop Feehan in Massachusetts.
Nate Leaman opened the floor with how much he has learned and been impressed by the tradition at PC, since taking over the head coaching job nearly four and half months ago. He discussed that his team will be using the fact that they were picked to finish ten out of ten, in the Hockey East, as motivation this year. In addition he invited any and all fans to stick around after games to meet the players and encouraged fans with young children to wait because he loves to have kids in the locker room to interact with the players. Lastly, Leaman talked about his theme for the upcoming season – he’s calling it “Season 3000”. Schneider Arena holds 3,030 seats and it is Leaman’s goal to sell out for every game.
Later in the night Coach Cooley joked by saying he would show up with a speedo and boots, if that’s what it took to sell out Schneider. Next on the stage came the man that everyone was waiting for, Coach Cooley. Cooley spoke about how hard his team is working and also mentioned a funny story on how he was able to corral Coach Lafleur from the Calhoun compound down in Storrs, CT. He said that he called up Coach Calhoun asking for permission to speak with one of his assistants. Calhoun laughs and says “Why? Growing program fresh off of a national championship, you can talk to any of them, but nobody is leaving here to go to Providence.” Coach Cooley then said, “Okay your highness, if I get him, and his wife, in my living room, it’s a wrap.” Shortly thereafter, Andre Lafleur was the newest addition to Coach Cooley’s staff.
After the coaches were done speaking, Bob Driscoll opened up the floor for questions and answers. When asked about the Big East current situation, Driscoll said that the league is in discussion with the Navy and Air Force to join for football only and that they are working to create a plan in the event that the Big East is left with only basketball schools. He said that they will keep the name and keep the league in New York City, come tournament time. Nate Leaman mentioned that they are waiting to hear back from the NCAA on his two freshman who were ruled ineligible. Lastly, when asked if he will continue to schedule Pittsburgh or Syracuse, once gone from the Big East, Cooley answered by saying, “We will do what’s best for us.”
Overall it was a great night and it was a good turnout. Cooley ended the night with a “Go Friars!”