HAVING THE ABILITY TO make that first guy miss out in open space is always important but it's…
Leach & Co. go fishin' to talk philosophy
"Dave and Antonio really put it all together," said WSU assistant Paul Volero. "And Dave Emerick is the nuts and bolts of the operation here -- as chief of staff he sets out the vision that Mike Leach has. He just does a great job."
The retreat gave the staff a chance to get a lot done without the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the football offices.
"We gave some direction to some philosophical things, and it was also an opportunity to reflect on the job we've done so far," said Volero. "It helped to give perspective on how to go about putting our goals in line with what we're going to do with the program in the future.
"It was a 10 on scale of 1 to 10… everything was perfect."
THE GROUP SPLIT into two parties one day – those that wanted to golf and those that wanted to fish. Volero was with the group that landed two sturgeon – one seven feet and one nine feet.
"We caught plenty of fish – we got some smallmouth bass as well. But getting those sturgeons, that was something else," said Volero.
Who was the WSU angler that reeled them in?
"That was actually true teamwork on both of them, we all took turns bringing them in," said Volero. "The second one was the picture we put up online, he was 9 feet, four inches and about 500 pounds. Amazing.
"And then (Mike) Breske, (Ken) Wilson, (David) Russell, (Clay) McGuire, (Dave) Emerick and (Dave) Yost, they did the whole golfing deal and they had a great time from what I understand. But it's a golf course that doesn't have a lot of water and sand trips," Volero quipped.
FISHING ACTUALLY PLAYED a key role in bringing Volero to Wazzu in the first place. Indeed, were it not for a chance meeting with Leach on pier in Florida, Volero probably wouldn't be in Pullman today.
The two had met at various coaching conventions over the years but while both were in Key West, they bumped into each other on a pier after a day of fishing and a strong friendship developed.
I'll say this about Mike Leach -- since we've gotten here, he has had a vision," said Volero. "He's done this before and knows how to do it. And he'll continue to do in the way that's been successful for him and that's going to mean success for Washington State."
Cougfan.com Recommended Stories
Pac-12 Hoops Media Day Notebook
SAN FRANCISCO -- Some quick hit comments from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on the state of the Pac-12 and some new initiatives that are coming this men's basketball season, including an update on…Read More
WSU practice: Pole back; eye on UA run game
PULLMAN — Arizona is throwing a lot more and running considerably less compared to last season but WSU linebackers coach Ken Wilson said after practice Wednesday the Cougars must respect the No. 15…Read More
COUGFAN TV: Leach sets his own pace
PULLMAN -- Mike Leach was asked after practice about the fast pace of Arizona's offense and what challenges, substitution and otherwise, that could present for Washington State on Saturday, (Pac-12…Read More
Dr. Roto Video: Visionary Sleepers
The Kansas City Chiefs aren't exactly known for their passing attack; however, Dr. Roto does have a man-crush on one KC receiver in Week 8. Dwayne Bowe (pictured above) has yet to score a touchdown or…Read More
NCAA Up Next
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Wainstein report released on Wednesday provided insight into the NCAA’s reopening of its infractions case at North Carolina this summer and also highlighted potential academic…Read More