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Q & A With Loyola Coach Tom Beidleman

Q: Does a disappointing end to 2006 give your team any extra motivation for the 2007 campaign?
A: Our teams have never needed motivation, but there is no doubt that a runner-up finish at last year's MAAC Championships has refocused the squad and made us more determined. The easiest way to erase a disappointing season is to follow it with an exceptional one.

Q: No seniors graduated from last year's squad and everyone return for this season. With one senior and three juniors in the lineup, how big of a factor will veteran leadership play into the year?
A: This is the deepest squad we've ever had. Having not lost anyone through graduation last year there is a certain familiarity amongst the players. When you factor in Will Shriver as the leader of the team, it certainly appears that this could be a very exciting year. In addition, our three juniors have started virtually every tournament since arriving to campus and that experience is immeasurable.

Q: Michael Mulieri broke out and had a phenomenal freshman season. How do you think he will respond his sophomore year?
A: Obviously coming off an excellent freshman year, expectation levels are high, but I'm confident that Mike has the maturity to stay focused and not get drawn in trying to meet or beat expectations.

Q: Which player will ultimately determine how successful 2006-07 will be for the Greyhounds?
A: While we never focus on individual achievement, each player on the squad is capable of producing exceptional individual results, which will in turn lead to overall team success.

Q: The schedule looks challenging once again. How will it prepare you for the MAAC Championships?
A: The schedule is the most balanced we've had, meaning a good mix of key district events, as well as national competition outside our region. And, in a variety of locations, golf course styles, etc..

Q: Your focus is obviously on the MAAC Championships. How does the league stack up this season?
A: The conference is the most competitive it's ever been with a handful of emerging programs. Obviously, the championship is always a challenge and we will spend all season trying to improve weekly to be best prepared to compete in Orlando.