The Pensacola Christian College Eagles men’s basketball team announced their official roster at Eagle Mania on October 11 at the Sports Center Arena, welcoming many new faces and poising the team for a big year.
Eagle Mania, the college’s late-night sports bash, gave students and spectators a first glimpse at the new team at the Arlin R. Horton Sports Center Arena. Introduced in the dark, foggy, light-show style of NBA basketball pre-games, cheering fans met new players and recognized familiar faces. The team welcomes back seven returning seniors—seniors that will be the experienced core of a new, young recruiting class.
“This was maybe the best recruiting class in school history,” said Head Coach Mark Goetsch. Goetsch, a thirty-year coaching veteran, anticipates a great year ahead.
“Really exciting,” said Goetsch. “This group is picking up knowledge quickly.” They will need to do just that in order to build on the success of a 20-win season a year ago.
“We look to improve every year,” said Vic Johnson, a sophomore Business Management major from Valdosta, GA. At 6’4”, Johnson fills the role of “all-around” player—and slammed down more than a few highlight-reel dunks at Eagle Mania.
Still, the Eagles remember losing to rival Clearwater Christian College at home last year, something they would like to change this year.
“We learn from past successes and failures,” said Brent Stickles, a senior Criminal Justice major from Fredericksburg, VA.
“But it’s gonna be a lot of fun,” said Stickles with a grin. “Come watch.”