Confidence remains high despite rough start for new era at UNCW


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The season is on the downhill stretch for first year coaches Karen Barefoot and C.B. McGrath.

Starting tomorrow, the UNCW men prepare for a pair of home games against two very different teams in the conference.

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At his weekly news conference, Coach McGrath said it will be good to be home for the two games against James Madison and William & Mary. JMU has won back-to-back games, something UNCW still has yet to do, and the tribe sit atop of the conference standings.

Thankfully UNCW is getting bigger production out of role players like Marcus Bryan who coach calls “the glue guy” on the team.

They’ll need a top to bottom effort to keep the momentum on the teal side.

“I just think every game from here on out, us or any CAA opponent, you really don’t know who’s going to win,” Coach McGrath said. “It’s sort of exciting. It gives every staff, coach and player the confidence that if we go out and play, we can win.”

Things are off to a much more difficult start for Karen Barefoot in her first year as head coach at UNCW.

After a 7-4 start to the season, the Seahawks have lost their last 8, all against conference opponents.

There are some bright spots on the team, including the emergence of sophomore’s Timber Tate and Lacey Suggs who provide an offensive spark for the team.

Despite not getting the wins, Coach Barefoot remains positive about her team.

“We’ve just got to focus on us and keep getting better,” Coach Barefoot said. “I know we are. We’re right there and we’re just a couple of possessions away. We’re going to keep having that high five and floor-burn mentality. It’s going to come together at the right time. When everyone collectively does their job, we’re going to be a dangerous team. I’m excited to be here and I stand with them all the way.”

The men will take on James Madison tomorrow at home starting at 7 p.m. The women face off against Delaware on the road Sunday at 1 p.m.