high school at Exeter-West Greenwich (RI), I did not anticipate
that I would be involved in collegiate athletics. I told my high
school coach that I planned to attend the University of Rhode
Island and just concentrate on school.
my basketball teams state championship victory, of which
I was named MVP, I realized I did not want my playing days to
end. My coach Joe May introduced me to Head Coach Vin Cullen
at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), where I went
on to play basketball for two successful seasons. Following my
completion of two years at CCRI, I was recruited by Rhode Island
College to play basketball.
My first year
playing at RIC [2000-01] was not very successful. Our team won
very few games and there never seemed to be an enjoyable atmosphere.
With my first year of RIC basketball behind me and the future
of the program up in the air, I decided that I wanted to play
soccer. I had played soccer in high school but hadnt kicked
a ball in the three years since then. I wasnt sure how
much I could even help the team but I figured Id give it
a shot. The soccer season was successful. The team hosted its
first home playoff game in school history. I was able to contribute
to the team throughout the season. We were successful and we
were very close as a team.
At the end
of the soccer season it was time to turn my attention to basketball
again. I was already three weeks behind the rest of the team,
so I had to get focused right away so I would not fall too far
behind. Along with this seasons new coaching staff came
an entirely new system to learn. Despite that, my transition
from soccer to basketball has not been that difficult. I was
already in shape from the soccer season, and the players and
coaches have been very helpful in teaching me the new system.
The differences between last season and this season can already
be seen. The atmosphere is more enjoyable and the teams
work ethic is much more intense. The knowledge and enthusiasm
brought in by the new coaching staff and the new sense of determination
and focus on the team will make for an interesting season. It
is likely that RIC will be the toughest and most physical team
on everybodys schedule this year, and who knows, we may
even surprise some people along the way.
my life I have always had fun playing sports and have developed
some very strong friendships. During the recently completed soccer
season, I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent on the field as well
as the close friendships I formed off the field. Now I am turning
my attention to the basketball court, where I will reestablish
old friendships while developing new ones.
Main is a senior forward on the mens basketball team. He
was recently named Second Team All-Little East Conference in
mens soccer after leading the team in scoring with eight
goals and three assists for 19 points in 20 games. The Anchormen
basketball team opens the season at the Hartwick Holiday Classic
on Nov. 16 and 17.