Head Coach Kevin Walsh faces this every year. His Griffins play in one of the toughest leagues in the state, a Metro Catholic Conference that annually seems to produce one if not two teams which are ultimately good enough to make it to Columbia in the spring. Walsh’s 2012-13 squad made a midseason charge and blazed a trail to the final four where it ran into MCC rival De Smet Jesuit in the semifinals before bowing out. Minus the likes of Brad Woodson and Sean O’Brien, who went onto the University of Central Missouri last fall, Vianney finished with a winning record but couldn’t advance beyond districts. But even as the seasons change, the more things stay the same in conference. CBC returns to defend a state title and Chaminade looks loaded again. But what does Walsh see as keys for his club from Kirkwood? Read on:
2013-14 Record: 15-11
Projected Starters: Nick Thomas (junior/guard), Zach Colletta (junior/guard), Eric Krus (sophomore/guard), Danny Baker (senior/forward), Nick Miller (senior/forward)
Key Newcomers: Thomas; Carte’Are Gordon freshman forward
What’s the biggest question mark entering the season? Our perimeter players’ ability to handle pressure and make plays
Is there a key stretch of your season’s schedule & why? Our conference play is challenging from start to finish. Great games vs. excellent teams.
Our season will be a success if….We continue to grow and develop as a team and play our best basketball at the end of the season.
Our toughest opponent is _______ because…Everyone of our league opponents because they are all very talented, well coached, and play in front of supportive student fan bases. Makes for a great home and home series with all four teams every season.