Rhett Soliday travels about an eighth of a mile to his office every day. But having now settled into his seat as the Vanguard University men's basketball coach, the former UC Irvine and Concordia University assistant has learned the Lions' program has miles to go to get where he wants it to be.
A process as much as a journey, believes Soliday, who turns 30 in July and is prepared to dig in for the long haul.
"I think there are a lot of things that need to get done here," said Soliday, hired April 5 to replace Fred Litzenberger, who resigned after four seasons. "There was a lot of success in the past [the 1980s and 1990s under then-coach Bill Reynolds], but it's going to be a process [to return to that level]. I don't think we have to wait five years to be good. But it's going to take time to lay a foundation of what the program stands for."