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Change is in the air in Wappingers (NY), where one of the best players — and most successful varsity coaches — in Hudson Valley history has now taken over as head coach of the Warriors.
Brian Kuczma, an All-America defender at both Yorktown High School and Johns Hopkins University who went on to play in the MLL, has decided to coach at Wappingers, where his children play, after a long and successful tenure in launching the Putnam Valley program and building it in a perennial sectional finalist.
Kuczma’s goal is to build Wappingers into contender status.
One of the key players who he will be counting on in pursuit of that goal is Jack Decker.
The 6-foot, 190-pound junior is an athletic two-way midfielder who is attracting interesting from a variety of college programs.
Now, here are Jack’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
Personally, I have been working on my strength, speed and conditioning four to five times a week.
I also still focus on some key basics like wall ball five times a week.
Bottom line: I’m working on getting in the best mental and physical shape possible before the season starts.
On top of that, my team is doing some optional work-outs together, working on our stick skills — and focusing on our overall team chemistry.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to the most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
We have a more competitive schedule this year, with games against Horace Greeley, Lakeland/Panas and Put Valley to contend with.
We are also looking forward to the multi-scrimmage at Suffern in early March.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Wappingers is not necessarily a household name when it comes to being thought of as a lacrosse “powerhouse” — at least not yet.
So, we are likely a team that some people have under the radar right now.
However, I think with the addition of our new coach (Brian Kuczma), we will have a much more cohesive team — and we will definitely surprise a few people this year.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Overall, our team has a ton of athleticism and speed. We will have a great set of athletes on the field this year — and with Coach Kuczma’s experience and leadership guiding us now, the sky’s the limit.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
The race is definitely tight in our league this year, with Mahopac, Brewster and our archrival, Arlington in the mix. However, we are a different Wappingers team this year and anything is possible.
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