If momentum from one sports year can carry over to the next then new Drake football coach Chris Creighton will thoroughly enjoy his first season at the helm. Creighton was introduced as the new coach in the midst of a record breaking season for the men’s basketball team and the sports year concluded with the school hosting the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Creighton says the campus has been in a frenzy since he go here and he knows nothing else, and believes that helps everything on campus, including the football program. Creighton says success in one sport can carry over to others.
He says they talk to the players about knowing who you are and being proud of it. Creighton has a good feel about it right now and everyone is fired up and he believes that will help the football team. The Bulldogs have ten starters back from last year’s team that finished 6-5 under interim coach Steve Loney.
Creighton says he doesn’t know who will play now, but says they have to compete against themselves to be the very best. Creighton says being the third coach in three years means it may take some time for the players to buy into his system. He says he’s normally an impatient person, but is trying to be patient now, knowing he is the third coach for many of these players.
Creighton says on paper things should be good, but he says there are some natural walls built because of the coaching changes. Creighton says he has been impressed with the Bulldog’s commitment and work ethic.
He says those are the two hallmarks of the program for players. Drake opens at home August 28th at home against Upper Iowa.