After an 0-10 season last year, the Bridgeport Bulls begin the task of turning the program around Monday.
The Bulls hit the field at 8 a.m. for the first workout. They will practice in the evening the rest of the week.
“We’re excited. It was a rough year last year,” said Bridgeport coach Danny Henson. “We can’t wait to get out there and erase the memories of last year.”
Henson is quick to point out the Bulls are in the same starting point as the programs coming off winning state titles.
“That’s the great thing about athletics. Whether you won state or went 0-10, everyone starts the same,” the Bridgeport coach said. “There’s no carryover. It’s a brand new year.”
Injuries played a huge part in the Bulls’ woes in 2013 as the team lost significant upperclassmen in key roles in the first few games of the season.
“It was the most devastating year in my career with the kids lost to injuries,” Henson said. “That was a big part of the year. We had a lot of significant players with season-ending injuries by the third ballgame. Many were seniors. We had a lot of players shuffling around.”
Injuries forced Henson to put several young players on the field. None experienced much success in the form of a win or all-league honors.
“There’s a lot of players with experience but none with post-district honors,” Henson said. “We have no one back who was first or second team all district.”
Henson said it will be critical early in the fall to start finding positions for players and start building a depth chart.
“We’ve got a lot of kids who are either young or in roles that they were not successful in,” Henson explained. “We need to get those groups up to a championship level.
“The sophomores will need to grow up quickly to play at a varsity level. We have some kids changing roles. We can’t narrow down spots with so many unknowns.”
The one known is, the arrow can only go up for the Bulls with a new year.