DSU Women`s Basketball | VideoAlexander Gorney | 2/4/2013
DSU is experiencing its share of ups and downs, but more recently, a few ups.
If it`s not hard enough to transition a basketball program into a new conference, try doing that while also having a new coach leading the way. That`s been the reality for the Dickinson State women`s basketball team this season.
"I coach a really great group of ladies. They`ve worked hard from day one. They`ve bought into what we`ve been trying to do," said coach Caleb Harrison.
Harrison takes over a program that was 10-19 a year ago. The New Zealand native`s background includes one head coaching stint and several as an assistant, one being with 2007 NAIA national champion Lambuth University. Blue Hawks players say Harrison brought a philosophy that they have never seen before.
"He just brings a whole new perspective to the game. Terminology that he uses or the philosophy for the game is completely different than anything I`ve ever learned so I think he just brings a really good diversity to the program that was missing for a while," said senior Ashley Jelly.
Cabello: Just the attitude they way he has an outlook is totally different and we just feed off each other and him from it," said senior Jenna Cabello.
The Blue Hawks moved into one of the most competitive conference in the NAIA in the Frontier Conference. And it was noticed from the beginning as DSU started 0-5 before picking up their first win against the University of Montana-Western.
"It`s been a challenge. We`ve had our obstacles but I think were turning the corner right about now," Harrison said.
The Blue Hawks also have seven new players on this year`s team. But it`s a team as globally diverse as any in the country with players representing eight states as well as Australia and New Zealand.
"I think that`s the strength of our team and each person learns off the other culture and they learn from their backgrounds and see the similarities and that`s really brought the team together," Harrison said.
"I can`t explain how close this team is this is the closest team I`ve ever been on and I think we work really well together," said senior Yianna Nadeau.
And for a program that experienced the National Tournament just four years ago, Harrison and his players believe it`s only a matter of time before the Blue Hawks get there again.
The Blue Hawks are on the road for four straight games before they wrap up their season at home February 21st and 23rd.