Nadelen aims to change culture around Towson locker room
In each of the last four years, Towson has compiled a sub-.500 record and failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament. A 3-10 mark this past spring contributed to the school and former head coach Tony Seaman parting ways on May 9.
Shawn Nadelen, who was introduced Tuesday morning as the program’s seventh head coach, said he’s already addressed the culture of losing that has seeped into the locker room.
“I’ve already set up a certain set of standards that these guys will hopefully engage in,” he said. “If they don’t, this is what I believe in and this is how I believe the program I want to run should operate. If you’re not willing to be a part of that, then they might have to seek becoming a student full-time and seek another program. I’m willing to do that. There’s great players out there and great people, and we can find both in the locker room. That will be the challenge. But I think the team is excited and understands what I bring, and they should be ready for it.”
Change can be positive, but it can also be met with resistance. Nadelen said he is hoping for more of the former.
“Regardless of who was coming in here, there was going to be change, and they knew that,” he said. “I talked about that with them in terms of my experience at Hopkins where I had three coaches in four years. So I’m used to change. I’m used to turnover with that. So I feel like that gives me a little bit of experience in how to handle that. Luckily, I know the guys already, I know all the recruits coming in. The changes might be dramatic to some, but not as dramatic to others and how they perceive it.”
Current players said they expect Nadelen to make alterations, and they welcome the changes.
“I do anticipate a lot of changes, and I think it’s going to be good for us,” redshirt sophomore midfielder Ian Mills said. “Coach Nadelen is a very, very strong individual, and I think that’s going to be reflected in our play, how we conduct ourselves in the classroom and in our outreach to the community. It’s a high level of intensity. We know what we expect out of Coach Nadelen because he’s been our coach for a long time. So I think it’s going to be great for our program.”
Redshirt junior midfielder Matt Hanzsche agreed, saying, “Everyone will be on board. If you’re committed to this team, you’re going to be on board with what Coach Nads said.”