“The team really has the potential to do something special,” said Alaska Aces coach Jeff Cariaso. “I think the path that we are on to achieve that has to be consistent, and we have to stay on that path.
Cariaso has reason to be optimistic. Despite Alaska’s slow start in his first conference as coach, he managed to make preseason adjustments that eventually paid off. Things were starting to look up in the offseason.
But just as the team was starting to gain momentum, community quarantine measures went into effect, and so Cariaso had to adapt. In this episode of Spin Sidelines, which is now brought to you as a podcast, he talks about how he’s keeping his team together despite uncertain circumstances. He also talks about his players’ evolving roles, particularly those of Mark DiGregorio and Vic Manuel, his role as head coach, and Alaska’s path forward.
“To be honest, I’m really excited with what we are going to do,” he said. “Right now, we are at the point that guys are enjoying playing together. We all have a goal. All 12 teams have a goal of winning a championship. Why else are we here if not to win it all?”