CSULA Men’s Basketball team, the Golden Eagles, has talented players hoping to have an incredible experience 2011-12. CSULA posted a 17-10 overall record in 2011-12 that included a 13-9 mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. Head Coach Stephen Thompson has an extraordinary resume built up in his 11 years, in which he worked for 3 years as an assistant coach. This is his 8th season as head couch in Men’s Basketball Program.
According to csculaatheltics.com, Thompson has directed the Golden Eagles to a 17-10 overall record since 2001 and finished just three games out of first place, which is the closest the Golden Eagles have been to the top spot since 2000.
In 10 Valley’s interview, Thomson said that the important ingredients for success both on and off the floor include team work, hard work, good character, and attention to detail. In addition, he said that every team is different, with their own life and personality.
10 Valley talked with one of the players, Quinton Watkins. He had an outstanding first season with the Golden Eagles and earned second-team All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors 2011-12. He led the team in scoring with 11.6 points per game. While majoring in fire administration technology he enjoys basketball and music.
When asked about the importance of team work, he responded that everybody has to play hard because they need to work as a family unit. Furthermore, Quinton said that every member of the team has to focus on his studies in order to make excellent grades and stay on the team.
According to Thompson and Quinton it is extremely important to work hard as a family unit and believe that everything is possible.