WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY)–It’s been anything but a normal start to Takayo Siddle’s tenure as the head man at UNCW. He was named the Seahawks next head coach on March 13th. On March 23rd all classes were moved online due to the Coronavirus outbreak, bringing on challenges they’ve had to face head on.
“When you talk about the coronavirus I don’t think it’s slowed us down at all moving the program forward,”said Siddle. “It’s kind of made us do things in a different way and we’re getting through it as best we can.”
Siddle has been the head coach for over a month now and has yet to meet his new team face to face with the pandemic. He’s made sure with all the technology in place to spend time getting to know them.
“What we try to do is call them as much as we can, text them as much as we can,”says Siddle. “As a team we’ve been on a Zoom meeting once a week up until this point.”
The first year UNCW head coach wasted no time hitting the recruiting trail with his new staff. They signed three players from the Class of 2020, all of which are from the state of North Carolina. He says the process was still the same, but the current restrictions in place provided an extra twist.
“We just had to evaluate a little bit more of them on film,”said Siddle. “You know talking to them , Facetiming, just doing things a different way.“
The uncertainty surrounding the country has left college sports hanging in the balance. Siddle isn’t sure when he’ll finally be able to get on the court with his guys, but no matter the challenges that lie ahead he says they’ll be ready to compete when it’s time to tip-off the season.
“We will have to do things a different way and maybe double up on some things in the fall,”said Siddle. “We’ll get what we need to get in and our guys will be ready to play when the season rolls around.”