By Tom Brown
Benedictine University has hired Richard Nassif to be the new head coach of the Men’s Soccer team.
Nassif, who has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater Northwestern University, is anxious to begin his duties as the Eagles head coach.
“Any good assistant wants to be a head coach,” Nassif said. “It has always been a goal of mine, and when I met Mark McHorney and the rest of the administration, I felt like it was a great fit for me.”
Nassif inherits a team that went 6-4-2 overall last season, and made the Northern Athletics Conference post-season tournament for the second straight season.
Although the team experienced success last year, Nassif believes that a clean slate is the right way to approach the upcoming 2012 season.
“Everybody is starting fresh. We need to set a standard and stick to it,” Nassif said. “Being a college athleteis a privilege and not a right.”
That mindset, according to Nassif, is not necessarily measured in wins and losses, but in how his team prepares and handles themselves.
“First and foremost, I want my players to make good decisions both on and off the field, and included in that is being quality boys in the classroom and the community as well as on the field,” he explained.
Preparation and hard work is also something that Nassif will emphasize with his players this season.
“I want us to prepare better and work harder than every team we play,” Nassif said. “If we can walk out of a game and say that we gave it our all, then it’s a great day.”