NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - New SFA soccer head Coach Tony Minatta has not been with his team as much as he would like since getting hired in the offseason.
Minatta will get a little more time since the Southland Conference announced the soccer and volleyball teams will have to wait to start their 2020 fall seasons until at least Sept.1
“Not being able to work with the team it is a blessing to have that extra month knowing that we have 4 weeks to prepare for our first match against Texas State, not just the four days we had to prepare for Texas A&M. On the original schedule we had Texas A&M that Friday. We get four weeks to prepare. "
SFA athletic leaders were on edge Friday waiting for the NCAA to announce if the fall seasons would be canceled or delayed. The board of governors decided to instead wait until August to make any decision. Despite no decision at the national level at the conference level leaders felt they needed to push off competition for a few weeks.
“While I am certainly disappointed for our student-athletes, coaches and avid supporters of both of these outstanding programs, this is the right decision to make at this time”, said SFA Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey. “We continue to work diligently and exhaust every option that we have to be able to move forward with fall contests, but will only do so if it is safe and healthy for everyone involved. We will always have our student-athletes in the center of our decision-making process.”
Soccer is losing five games as of now but could lose more. Volleyball has lost 7 matches. Some from before Sept.1 and others after due to other restrictions.
“I am a former Marine,” Minatta said. " I have been on Navy ships for six month deployments twice in the Persian Gulf so for me i didn’t get to touch land for 55 days so I have dealt with adversity in my life. I just get up everyday and look to see what you can do and go do it and win the day.”