Rhett Soliday came to Vanguard University to build a men's basketball program. But in his three previous seasons, particularly the last two, he has instead been saddled with nearly enough afflicted players to support a burgeoning medical practice.
Despite the string of physical maladies, ranging from shoulders, to backs to knees to ankles, the Lions managed to post their first winning record (17-12) in five seasons in 2012-13. And if Soliday and his staff can limit the length of daily progress reports from the training room, this year's squad may continue the upward trend.
"I'm thinking if we can get everybody healthy in the preseason, there is no one on our schedule that we can't, on any given night, compete with and beat," Soliday said. "In the past, I'd say we could compete with anybody, but I don't know if I could really say we were good enough to finally get over that hump and beat anybody."