By David Parker
While their seasons do not start until the fall, some of Olivet’s athletic teams are already preparing this spring.
ccording to football head coach Brian Fish, his team began practices two weeks ago, holding two per week.
The team has already been spending plenty of time preparing their conditioning.
“We were lifting three days a week, and we were conditioning two days a week,” said freshman quarterback Rico Prestia.
The team has also tried to bond outside of the football field and gym.
“We have had a couple activities where they have gotten together and focused on the nonphysical aspect of the game,” Fish said.
Looking ahead to the fall, the team has clear goals for what they want to do.
“I just want to continue to get better playing within our system,” Fish said. “We want to play great football and reach our maximum potential.”
The men’s and women’s soccer teams are also doing plenty of preparation for their upcoming season.
“We’ve been doing training basically on a daily basis,” men’s head coach Justin Crew said. “Within each practice, we work on three major things: how you want to attack as a team and how you want to defend as a team; and within that, working on each player’s individual role within the team.”
This spring, the team will also play three games against other universities.
“[It’s] another way to build for next year,” Crew said.
Crew’s goal is to continue to develop the team’s young, inexperienced players.
“We’re a very young team. We only graduated one guy from last year’s team.”
He also hopes to improve on their success from last year.
“We’re hoping to win the regular season conference and win the conference tournament, and that would put us back at the NAIA nationals,” Crew said.
The women’s soccer team has also done a lot of preparation for their fall season.
“We are training every day,” women’s head coach Bill Bahr said. “We are practicing as [if] we are in the fall season.”
In January, the team began training using a 60-day program called Insanity.
“The idea is to develop strength and muscle stamina through repetition of exercises in time intervals,” Bahr said.
Upon completing Insanity in mid-February, the team began soccer training.
“We’ve been working very hard at team dynamics, passing and making runs to help each other out,” sophomore midfielder Jessica Bachelor said.
Since then, they have also played their first scrimmage, 0-0 tie against Ball State.
By doing these things, the team hopes to be playing at their maximum potential.
“[We want to] come out strong in preseason ready to go,” sophomore midfielder Rachel Kilbry said. “[We want to] be ready to play really hard teams right away.”