An old chestnut philosophy, ‘Build it and they will come’, has engulfed the Louisville athletic mantra lead by athletic director, Tom Jurich. Jurich had that picture painted on his Day 1 with every coaching hire, every recruit landed converted to winning seasons assembled and initiative to improve facilities. Build it and they will come.
That couldn’t be more evident in the Cardinal soccer program, specifically Ken Lolla, who is at the helm for the men’s side of the ball. Beginning his 12th season as the head coach, Coach Lolla has marched his squad to the top of the national prominence in men’s division 1 soccer. And if you’ve never had a chance to hear the inspirations by this coach and what he feels for his employer. I’ll let you watch the following video for a better idea.
First off, Bravo on that red suit. And sincerely, thank YOU for speaking out about and for those you feel so strongly about. Build it and they will come.
Out of everyone in the room, Coach Lolla was heard the loudest. The 2017 student athlete panel, Tate Schmitt, Tim Kubel, and Mohamad Thiaw, were those who Coach Lolla declared exhibited the most leadership qualities for this year’s squad. Anyone who has had the pleasure to be among Coach Lolla’s speak, can attest to the motivation felt, as I have for the 5 years I’ve gotten to know Coach, his program and family. And what an inspiration it is to hear from a man who thinks so highly of his boss and to turn around and hear everyone speak so highly of him it a true testament of the mutual respects and high regard that is held of one another at the University of Louisville.
The student athletes spoke about their goals when they were recruited. They spoke highly of the man that painted those pictures for them to commit to the Cards, Coach Lolla. They spoke about the alumni who paved the way for their success on and off the field (some were in attendance, others participated via skype) and how much trust can be placed on the process that is becoming yourself as an individual, as a player and a monumental piece of the foundation in the Louisville community, as well. Build it and they will come. Juniors and Seniors to freshman, and further to the middle school age boys who attended with their families, hoping to one day become a Louisville Cardinal, too. They mentioned every 6am practice and its importnace and Coach Lolla shows the impact of a 1 min clean up drill to end on a high note and that it is only the beginning of the day. And to go make it a good one. For everyone else and then for you, too. Build it and they will come.
Sean Moth, THE Voice of the Cards (WHO ELSE?!), was the evening’s emcee. He was off behind the curtains but Coach Lolla couldn’t forget his, Louie the Cardinal Bird and Al Greener and the pep band who came out to fire up the crowd that featured about 225 fans, friends and families of the program.
Watch the video below to hear Coach Lolla’s State of the Team Address.
Coach Lolla also made sure to shout out each individual group for their roles in helping the program grow to its new heights each and every year. Including the program’s Sports Information Director, Garett Wall, who makes my job, the eager fan, a little easier to bring to you #cardnation.
I bring you, from gocards.com the beginning of the 2017 fall sports season. Welcome to it, everyone!
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