Troy soccer still has same goals with a new coach

(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

TROY, AL (WSFA) - The Troy Trojans soccer team is gearing up for the start of the 2017 season.

New faces are scattered throughout the team, especially in the coaching staff where Ged O'Connor is entering year one as the Trojans head man.

"The kids have done everything we've asked of them," said O'Connor. "We can't ask for any more."

There are just two seniors for this very young Trojan team. Mikki Lewis played every year under former head coach Jason Hamilton but now is having to adjust to a different coach for her final season.

"It's still soccer," said Lewis. "It's just learning about the little nitpicky things that each coach likes and want you know that, you're golden."

"The new coaching staff really puts an emphasis on making sure we are not just the team, but we're also a family," said sophomore Nicole Strahl.

A team that was one win away from a conference title back in 2014 is ready to get back to the top of the Sun Belt.

"I want to win big and go home with a ring," said Lewis.

"Obviously, our main goal is to win the conference and get into the NCAA tournament," said Strahl. "That's always our goal, but I hope that we can have fun while we're doing it."

While talking with some of the players, they said O'Connor has brought some fun back to the program at Troy, and that's not odd to think about coming from a guy who used to be a professional Irish dancer.

"My mother was very ill back in Ireland when she was a little girl," O'Connor said. "The doctor at the time recommended she get into Irish dancing to build the body back up. On my fourth birthday, she took me to an Irish dancing class and I've been doing it ever since."

When asked about if he's ever busted out a move or two in front of the players, O'Connor just laughed it off.

"No comment," said O'Connor. "Maybe one or two after a win."

We could see O'Connor dance a gig if the Trojans open up the season with a win on Saturday against South Florida.

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