Metz' Statement Grit will get us there

After a runner-up finish in the MAC Freedom in 2016, Izzi Metz is continuing to cultivate a winning culture entering his fourth season as the head coach of the Colonels' Mens Basketball contingent. In the last three winters, Metz has compiled an overall record a 21-19 record in Freedom Conference play.

Metz comes to Wilkes University with an abundance of coaching experience. Shortly after his athletic career at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., Metz got his first taste of coaching at the collegiate level when he served as an assistant coach at Cornell University. Following a five year stint for the Big Red, Metz returned to his alma mater to lead the Statesmen as head coach.

Metz' next coaching stop after leading the Statesmen for five seasons was at Boston College. Metz was instrumental in assisting head coach Steve Donahue in all aspects of the program as the Eagles highlighted their season with a win against then No. 1 and unbeaten Syracuse University in mid-February of the 2014 season.

Note: This is the commencing of a new series we are rolling out to provide our coaches and student-athletes with an avenue to share their experience as a COLONEL through their lens.
I've learned a ton from my prior experience about what works and doesn't work with players, there is a certain ebb and flow to coaching, there is no scientific equation to get the most out of players.
I WANTED TO BE A PART OF THE TRADITION IN THE ACC SINCE I GREW UP WATCHING THOSE GAMES. THE POSITION AT WILKES OPENED UP AFTER I LEFT BOSTON COLLEGE. AND SINCE I ENJOYED MY PREVIOUS TIME BEING A HEAD COACH, I WANTED TO GET BACK TO THAT.
Although I am the head coach and I make important decisions for the program, this is not my team. This is the players' team. The guys go out there and get it done, I aim to instill core values in them that I live by.
Selfless players make a great team, I want to assure the guys are playing for each other. It is all about building each other up mentally, that accountability factor is what makes a difference in the postseason. The breakthrough win against #15 Hope College shows that we can compete with the best.
I had some background knowledge of Wilkes prior to arriving, I knew guys who played here and I heard the University was flourishing, I wanted to get involved in the growth of Wilkes University.
A Los Angeles native, Metz began his coaching career at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, CA before heading to Cornell
When the community runs across a Wilkes University Basketball player, I want them to see what I see, good citizens and determined ball players.
Coach Metz with Abington Heights graduate, sophomore guard Clay Basalyga
It's about attitude, we need to treat every practice like the most important practice in order to achieve what we want to achieve. It's about grit. If you are down, do not stay down. The true measure of an athlete's character is how they are responding to setbacks.
I constantly preach to the guys to focus on winning the next game. It does not matter what happened yesterday, and right now, it does not matter what happens two weeks from now. All we can do is win the next game.
The Colonels will look to build on their runner up finish in the MAC Freedom from 2016 as they hunt down a MAC Freedom championship and a NCAA Tournament berth heading into the 2017-2018 season.

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