Sept. 3, 2012
While most of the attention was focused on Carl Pelini, another FAU head coach made their debut this weekend. From the moment she was hired, I always thought that the biggest challenge facing new volleyball coach Fernanda Nelson was not so much retooling the team physically as much as mentally.
Despite a 1-3 showing over the weekend at the Stetson Clarion Classic, I think Fay's (as Coach Nelson is known around the office), has already achieved a major victory. She has already convinced the entire team to buy into where she wants to take the program. That became evident early on in the preseason and has only continued as the schedule began.
The change is attitude is as simple as reading body language of the girls on the team in practice. They come to practice knowing that they are going to be physically tested and look forward to the challenge. It is only a matter of time before that shows up on the scoreboard.
One day soon, Owl fans will have even more reasons to look forward to fall weekends.