Don’t let their smiles fool you. Two very fierce competitors with coaching pedigrees longer than a basketball court are bringing a new energy to TD Arena. Their brand of play may prove different than what we’ve seen in the past, but their goals remain the same: produce student-athletes who achieve success on and off the court – and win.

Last spring, the College introduced Doug Wojcik (men’s basketball) and Natasha Adair (women’s basketball) as the new head coaches – the 22nd and seventh, respectively, in the basketball program’s history. Both see themselves as faithful keepers of tradition, both view themselves as teachers first and foremost and both believe in a throw-your-body-across-the-floor, defense-first, nonstop-hustle kind of intensity.

“This team is going to play with passion,” explains Wojcik, a noticeable fire burning behind his eyes. “They’re going to play hard and play together. And, at the same time, I want to see these kids enjoying themselves.”

Adair agrees, adding, “I want the fans to know they are welcome. I want them to know that this is their team. Come out and join us. The journey to the top of the conference is going to take work, a lot of work, but it’s going to be fun.”

Get ready, Cougar Nation. A new era has begun.