By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The 2014 season kicks off for West Chester University on Saturday as they visit the University of New Haven.
Head coach Bill Zwaan says that opener can’t come soon enough for his squad which is ready to play a team wearing a different color jersey after a long preseason camp.
“Definitely showed up last Saturday in our scrimmage,” Zwaan tells KYW Newsradio. “The guys are kind of tired of hitting each other and we had few little skirmishes going on. They’re just tired of each other and they definitely want to go against somebody else. So do we. From a coaching staff standpoint, it’s just time to get going again and we’re really looking forward to Saturday.”
The Golden Rams are coming off an outstanding 2013 season. They went 13-2 and advanced to the Division II National Semifinals. But Zwaan says that is all in the past.
“That means nothing for this year,” Zwaan says. “So I want our guys to understand that and they have really worked hard with that. So they’re looking to establish themselves as a 2014 team, not think about 2013 at all. So they’re very excited to prove themselves, and I think that’s a great attitude to have.”
Last season West Chester got its great season off to a fast start with a 45-14 win over the University of New Haven. But the Chargers have undergone some changes since that match-up.
“New head coach, new coordinators,” Zwaan says. “So they’re going to be different than they were a year ago. The one thing is that the staff, the new head coach and the coordinators, have been on New Haven’s staff at some point in their past. So do they have some similar philosophies to the old staff. So at least we can use a little bit of what we saw last year. But I’m sure we’re going to see some new things from a new staff.”
West Chester and New Haven will kick-off at 1:00pm on Saturday in West Haven, Connecticut.
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