NCAA baseball: Army press conference quotes

NCAA Division I Baseball Championships
Raleigh Regional
Army Practice Day Press Conference Quotes

Head Coach Jim Foster
Opening Statement:
“We got here by beating Navy twice last week, best-of-three. The week before that was Bucknell, best-of-three. We’ve come a long way this year, we played a challenging early season schedule and that helped us a lot. I want to thank (associate athletic director) Bob Beretta for bringing me in here; I was at Boston College for two years and been here quite often with them; been coaching over at Rhode Island before that and we’ve come here a few times with them. Elliot and I go way back and Butch and Coach Glavine from Northeastern, so it’s nice to be in this regional; surrounded by some really good baseball teams and in a really good college baseball spot like Raleigh. You can’t really ask for any more.”

On what it’s like to be at a regional in his second year at Army
“It’s my first a head coach, I been doing it for a while. I started coaching college in 2004 at Brown University when I got done playing professional baseball. Been here as a player, played at Providence College. Been out to three regionals; been to Ole Miss for a regional, played in a super regional at Boston College. Right after that season Bob called me from Army West Point; I took a ride down there and met these guys. It’s been great, it’s an unbelievable spot. These guys are such a pleasure to coach an work with every day. It’s a coaches’ dream, they give you everything they got every single day. We’ve come a long way and have become a true team; that’s what I’m most proud of. We’ve got some talented players and they come out here and play hard. Just seeing them get better and better, the way they’ve bought in. We’re a true team and as far as the coach goes, no matter what level you’re coaching at this is what you’re looking for. They’ve accomplished a lot just sticking together.”

On what the junior and senior class have meant to the program
“That’s the key; having guys up at the top and the leadership in the locker room is everything. The way Jon Rosoff and Matt Ball have led us at seniors is something I’ll never forget. To see how far they’ve come as baseball players and leaders; these guys are leaders in life. Off the field, in school they’re at the premier leadership institution in the world in our opinion. They just needed someone to show them how to work every day and how to go about their business. Without the older guys buying into that and passing it on in the locker room, you don’t have anything. Jon and Matt have led the way in that department.

“As far as out junior class goes, I couldn’t be more proud of the group. If you’ve seen the improvement they’ve made from last year to this year, it’s been incredible. In terms of production on our team Jon and Matt have been really productive players as leaders and seniors, but that junior class has been there every day playing hard, doing the right things on and off the field. The way they’ve stepped up has been a real key to our season. Without them and the improvement they’ve made, the influence they’ve had in the locker room. Guys walk into our locker room and it’s not freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. It’s ‘hey we need you, let’s go.’ We’ve created that atmosphere, it’s everybody doing it together every single day.

“It seems like somebody stepped up every single weekend for us; without pitching, our speed and our defense that’s how we do it. We like to play small ball, put pressure on the defense; that’s our recipe. We’ve got some pretty good arms that I think will hold their own in this regional. Hopefully we can get a lead; we get a lead we can be a little more aggressive. Getting into what we like to do; we’ll see and it should be exciting.

“I know our guys are battle-tested, we’ve seen teams from all over the country, played a great schedule and I’m just proud for the school, proud for Army West Point. Last week after we won it one of the coolest things was hearing how excited people were outside of just on campus at Army West Point. We have a large travel party with us, including colonels; we get text messages from guys serving the country all over the world. You think about how big the army is and you’re part of something that’s bigger than you. To make those guys proud and everyone whose gone through Army West Point, and to get Army West Point baseball back to where we want to be is something we’re real proud of.”

Jon Rosoff, senior catcher, co-captain
On what it’s like to be in this position about to play at the NCAAs
“One of those things where we are just excited about the opportunity; none of us on the team have had that opportunity yet to play in a regional so really grateful to have the opportunity to come here and play in a regional like this. Really excited to get going.”

On what his year has been like overall
“It’s been incredible. Coach Foster came in last year and has tried to turn the program around and this year really put it together. Biggest thing coming into this year was going out every day and never quitting, and I think we did that. Winning Patriot League Player of the Year is just a result, I want to go out and play for the guys. It’s been special.”

On what it’s like for him and the three other North Carolina locals returning
“It’s really cool; it’s great to see family and friends but we want to play.”

Tyler Giovinco, junior left-handed pitcher, co-captain
On what it’s like to be in this position about to play at the NCAAs
“It feels special to be back; we’ve got a few guys from North Carolina and I’m one of them. It’s good to be back home. It’s been a long season, guys have put in a lot of hard work and this is what guys should expect every year. Guys are ready to roll.”

On how much confidence his three complete games gives him
“I have a reasonable amount of confidence; knowing I can go deep into games helps our offense by just keeping us in the game. Our big thing all year has been pitching defense, so getting our offense to get the opportunity to get to their bullpen and keep us in the game while I’m out there. It builds a reasonable amount of confidence knowing I can do that for our team.”

On the Vegas NHL team
“It’s a long season for them, first year they’re in the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s big for the city itself and all year Matt Hudgins and I been playing for the city after what happened in October. It’s bought the season together, they’ve faced adversity before and I’m sure they’ll be just fine.”

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