The Lady Golden Rams are ready to get back on the Diamond. As coach Robert Skinner makes his always smooth transition from women's basketball to softball, he's relying on his veterans,
The Albany State softball team is also days away from the February 9th home opener against Georgia southwestern.
Last season the ladies won the SIAC East, but had an unusually early exit from the conference tournament.
With just 9 home contests this season, last year's conference coach of the year is changing his approach and leaning on the hard workers.
"New Athletes have brought about a change to some of my strategies," said Skinner. "So I've had to kind of vary away from it, but I've come back to that with this particular team. discipline is going to be the difference and defense is going to win ball games for us."
"I can say he's gotten more aggressive. Like the drills are more aggressive and they're actually more fundamental," said 2015 first team All-conference junior Kayla Alexander.
"In the 2013 season we had a lot more team bonding and team togetherness," said Ambrionna Atkism. "So in the upcoming season I plan to see how much closer we can grow as a team."
2013 was the last conference championship for Albany state. Skinner is hoping his strict approach this season will end the short drought.