The Sky View Bobcats will be starting the 2013 season with a new coach at the helm. Troy Oldham accepted this position after helping build the youth program for Sky View. With his help, he hopes to coach the Bobcats to be the best team in the Logan valley.
Coach Oldham grew up in the Logan area and was part of building lacrosse in the Cache Valley. He participated as a player in the Utah State University Lacrosse Club for 3 years. Down the road, he pioneered the youth lacrosse program for Sky View for ages 5-6 and 7-8. He did not only stick to lacrosse, however. He also helped coach youth football, soccer and baseball over the years.
Understanding where the sport is, in terms of growth, has played a big role in his coaching philosophy.
“Our players are taught the principles of hard work, dedication, discipline, citizenship, and brotherhood, and they work to become champions on and off the field,” he said.
As Coach Oldham starts this season, a major focus is going to be conditioning.
“Without conditioning, a player is not an asset to the team,” Oldham said. He has set up a rigorous 6 week training schedule for all the players who are not involved in other sports. He also has plans to keep the practices fast paced and full speed.
Sky View is in Division 2 of the North Conference. They will be playing Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Box Elder, Mountain Crest, and Logan. Coach Oldham said he is particularly exited to play Logan.
“I used to play with Doug Ringle and Clay Christoferson – they are the pioneers of lacrosse in the valley and so for me personally it’s a honor to coach in the same conference,” he said. He did say, however, that it would feel good to bring home a win from that game.
“I firmly believe our players have both the ability and integrity to establish and maintain a winning tradition for Sky View Bobcat lacrosse,” Coach Oldham said.