Daniel Stockdale entered Albany State's media day with big news. He lost the interim tag that lingered throughout last season even after he carried his Golden Rams to an SIAC championship.
"Grateful, appreciative, but we just continued to work throughout the interim tag," said Stockdale. "We never really worried about that. Individually my family and I we just continued to work hard every day and I'm happy to be officially the head coach."
The second year coach is confident in his squad as they are less than 2 weeks away from their home opener against Georgia Southwestern.
"What we're really looking for is professional and personal development of all of our student athletes," said Stockdale. "Having an All-American on our team this season is really going to do our school and our team a lot of good."
"This group and the ones that are getting ready for pitches right now," said All-American infielder Terrence Worthy. "We are the hardest working team that I ever been on. To have a hard working coach, I mean he's out there running with us."
"That just makes us better as a team to know that your coach is willing to put in that much work," said outfielder Reise McDaniel. "And so why not put in that much work with your coach and become great."
And greatness is the goal this year. ASU won the conference after a horrible regular season last year. This year they plan to clean up their act and they know the wins will come.
"You guys talk about the 1-17 at the beginning of last year," said pitcher Cullen Coulter, "And that was all that was a result of, just unnecessary errors against good teams. That can really put you in a bind."
"We're just working hard every day to accomplish that dream that we worked for and thank God that we got the victory," said junior catcher Jonatan Galan. "And we're looking forward for the same thing happening this year but going further."
The Golden Rams have their eyes set on the national tournament this year. They said they aren't settling for just one ring.