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Oldham Takes Over at Utah State

460px-Utah_State_Aggies_Logo.svgTroy Oldham is continuing a tradition in Cache Valley Lacrosse, taking over the USU program just a season after
Jon Atwood was at the reigns. Atwood also started the Sky View boys program long ago, and Oldham took over the Bobcats, just two seasons after Atwood moved on, and took them to an undefeated season and D-II state championship in 2014. Now, Coach Oldham is looking to duplicate that success with the Aggies.
“I really think there is a solid group of exiting USU players and many new ones coming up,” says Oldham, “and there is a lot of tradition for Lacrosse at USU. I’m hoping to leverage that, as well as what I learned coaching at the high school level, to really help this team understand that they can be champions.”
This will be Oldham’s first foray into head coaching at the college level, and he’ll be taking over a USU squad that recently climbed back into the MCLA’s D-I, going just 4-9 last season.
“I know college is a whole new level up, but I’ve not yet experienced it, so I know there will be a lot to learn. The team and players are bigger, faster, stronger and more experienced, and so I need to understand how to help our guys be competitive both physically and mentally. I know there are some very smart and experienced coaches out there on the opposing sideline, and I am going to have to learn how to get my team ready to play their teams, and to beat them.”
Troy OldhamBuilding any program into a winner and a champion is monumentally difficult, but Coach Oldham feels the Aggies will be up to the task given the growing talent pool in Cache Valley.
“One of the areas of change I want to drive, and it is already happening, is a tighter connection to the great upcoming players from local schools in the Valley. Logan, Sky View and Mountain Crest all have state championship traditions, built on great players, coaches, boosters and Jr Lax programs. My vision is to have USU Lax a place where our team members are proud to wear the uniform, and young players aspire to play at USU.
We are also going to be looking for more community and corporate support, and you will see USU Lax in the community more, and I hope to see more USU students at our games, but also more Skyview, Logan, Mtn. Crest, Box Elder, and Preston players on the sidelines, watching and learning, and cheering our team on to winning seasons.”
But USU won’t just be looking for talent in northern Utah; Coach Oldham believes that USU can be a destination school for players from all over the state.
“I also honestly believe USU can, and will, be very competitive and will join the considerations set for players who want to extend their lacrosse experience beyond high school.”
For those looking to play for Coach Oldham and the Aggies, they will hold an orientation night (Meet & Greet) on September 2 from 5-7 pm, and tryouts are scheduled for September 6 – 8 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm daily. Fall practices will begin the following week.
“As an Aggie Lax alumnus, I have a deep love and respect for Utah State University, and the program where I first learned to play, and learned to love the game. I am very honored, excited, and proud to be USU Lax’s new head coach.”
 

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