UNCW Coaching caravan gives spotlight on changes made in offseason

UNCW coaching caravan on the Battleship North Carolina (WWAY Sports)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY SPORTS) –  The coaching caravan hits the road and this evening the first stop for some UNCW head coaches was the Battleship North Carolina.

Multiple head coaches had the chance to enjoy some handshakes and hugs with fans and longtime Seahawk sports supporters. The headliners of course being head men’s and women’s basketball coaches C.B. McGrath and Karen Barefoot coming off of their inaugural coaching seasons.

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The men’s team finished the regular season 11-21 but clawed their way into the CAA semi-finals before falling to Northeastern. On the women’s side of the game, Barefoot’s lady Seahawks are trending upward. They finished the 2017 season 12-19 falling in the CAA quarterfinal’s. Much of the team Barefoot inheriting. She’s made several new coaching hires and player acquisitions in the off-season.

“Last year I think we all improved on so many areas, but this year we’re going to take this another step higher and our goal is to really compete for a championship that’s why I’m here. So I feel like with our ten new players and a lot of energy going on,” said Barefoot. “The team has really bonded over that and we’re ready to get out there and represent this program.”

Head baseball coast Mark Scalf coming off what many agree was a successful season, but another rocky off-season with players heading to the next level. Six Diamond Seahawks were drafted including big hitters Mason Berne and Ryan Jeffers as well as key menaces on the mound in Alex Royalty and Clark Cota. Eleven freshman and two JU-CO transfer will try to replenish their ranks.

“Last year we had 11 freshman and six transfers and this year 11 freshman and a couple transfers because we did lose a large group, but our expectations don’t change,” said Coach Scalf.

Scalf and the Seahawks will get things started soon. Their first practice is set for September 18th with a pair of friendly games against Campbell and Coastal Carolina in October.