Fort Collins, CO -- Just a mere 12 seasons ago, it was Charleston Southern who fell short in the Sweet 16 after an improbable run to get there. After upsetting #4 Stanford in the 2nd round, Colorado St. brought the Bucs back down to earth and sent them home.
The head coach of Charleston Southern at the time of that amazing run has found a new home. In Fort Collins. With the very same Rams that eliminated him 12 seasons prior.
"That tournament game didn't factor in my decision at all. Fort Collins is a wonderful place and Colorado St. has a great tradition of success that I hope to continue," WestCoast22 stated in his introdcution press conference today.
WestCoast22 brings an overall record of 244-183, a 109-64 record in Division 1 with a 2-1 National Tournament record. His last job came at the University of Washington where he lasted only 1 season.
"It was a great program. I loved Seattle," said WestCoast22. "The fans were great and the players were hard workers. It just wasn't a great fit for me."
WestCoast22 takes over a program that once was a perennial power. The Rams made the Big Dance 11 times out of 13 seasons and even made it to Title Game once. Since then, the Rams have not made the tournament and have never crossed the 7 win barrier in the previous 3 years.
"We have to rebuild. We need to reevaluate this program and where we want it to go. This upcoming recruiting season will be huge for us. There needs to be a great contingent of youth upcoming and it's up to me and my staff to accomplish that," stated WestCoast22.
All of the fans in Fort Collins and those in which packs the stands at Moby Arena each home game sure hopes the program will turn around. And quickly.
"It's been a while since we were great. Hell, it's been a while since we have been good," said one fan on the way out of the press conference.