The Iraan Braves are entering the 2019 season with their third head coach in three seasons.
Matt Luddeke joined Iraan earlier this year as the Braves’ new head coach after Corby Maurer departed the program after one year. However, many of his players say the team is adjusting to the new staff well.
“It was tough with all the coaches leaving because we had some good coaches here, but we’re pulling it together and coaches are helping us realize that we can get it together,” said junior Gavin Aguirre.
“The first day he got here, we saw him and we were a little nervous you know because it’s a whole different staff, but we’re loving him and he’s a great coach right now,” center Javier Hernandez said.
While Luddeke is changing up the offense and defense and adding in a few new plays right now, he said the transition has been easy because the team already has the fundamentals secured.
“That’s the great thing about having a senior class that has played together for so long, we can come out here and we can focus on the stuff we’re trying to implement because they’re already decent at fundamentals,” he said.
It also helps that Iraan has displayed quite a bit of postseason success despite the recent coaching turnover. The Braves made it to the Area Round of playoffs the last two seasons under two different head coaches.
“We’re tough. We know when to come together,” Aguirre commented.
Luddeke said he and his coaching staff are only trying to build on that playoff experience and tradition.
The Braves start the 2019 season against the Crane Golden Cranes on Aug. 30.
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