Danvers High girls lacrosse coach Nico Prandi is brutally honest about his personal expectations and his experience coming into this season.
This is Prandi’s first gig patrolling the sidelines of a varsity lacrosse team and the Falcons have cashed in on his honesty and open-minded approach so far. Danvers managed only four wins a year ago and they’ve already doubled their win total this season. The Falcons are also at the top of the Northeastern Conference North standings at 5-0.
”Honestly, I didn’t know too much (in the preseason). I knew when we were having tryouts that it felt like we had a great team that could do a lot of damage. (But) I wasn’t sure how we’d be against actual teams because last year wasn’t that great,” Prandi said.
”I went into it pretty positively and thought we could do much better than last year.”
Prandi’s inexperience made for an interesting — and effective — coaching method. He wasn’t trying to make his players fit a specific system, the dreaded square peg in a round hole approach. He’s simply played to his players’ strengths.
”I don’t think we had a very strict style to begin with,” Prandi said. “It was pretty open. I’ve just been kind of molding it into what I want it to look like because I didn’t have that much experience.”
Prandi is quick to credit his players with the early success. He feels the team’s balance has made it a tough matchup for their opponents.
”I think a huge part of it is that the girls are just really teachable. We see something that could be different and make a point to say it, and they try it out the next game. It’s very easy to be improving because they’re willing to do it and they jump on it,” Prandi said.