bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the 2012 class overall?
Blair Quinn: The class in general is a good class. To be honest, as late as we got them for the 2012 recruiting class, we were lucky that they were still available. College women's recruiting is going super fast, it's usually two years out or more and for these kids to still be available, we feel pretty fortunate. Every one of them could come in and we think make an impact in the first year. I think the only thing that'll really determine that is how quickly they pick up the speed of the college game. All of them bring a technical ability with them or a certain amount of athleticism and speed, it's just a matter of how quickly they pick up the speed and pace of the college game, that'll determine how much they play. The idea with this class was to begin adding quality depth, not just numbers. The first two years of the program they had so many kids, and you have to do that to start a program, unfortunately when that happens you get a lot of turnover in the first couple of years and so there was a lot of turnover even right up to the time before I got here. I think out of the 30 or so kids that started the program that first year, I want to say nine are left now. That just happens. I think with this class now we've been able to add quality depth in every position, mid-field and back position.
bc.net: When you're going out and recruiting for this class, after seeing what type of players you had in the program, what specifically were some things that you were looking to bring in to suit your system and your style of play.
BQ: To be honest, some kids that were a little bit more comfortable with the ball than some of the kids we have. We needed some more kids that were just better technically in their one-v-one dribbling ability and possession passing ability. I've said since day one that we're very much a possession style team and that's really not just lip service. We play through our midfield and to be honest we still didn't do it as much as we wanted. I think we needed more kids that were really comfortable with the ball regardless of their position, whether they were a back or a mid or a forward but specifically the mids and forwards, just to give us a better chance to attack as a team, more goal scoring opportunities. We need to score more than 30 goals a season. Continue Reading This Post >>