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DDN: Nagy trying to find balance between work and rest leading up to first game

Nagy & Assistant Coaches

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State coach Scott Nagy kicked off another round of preseason practices Friday — his eighth session with the Raiders and 29th as a head coach — feeling rejuvenated and ready to go.

He only hopes his players are just as eager to get started.

The NCAA has allowed teams numerous organized workouts in the offseason, and Wright State had a busy summer with practices before and during its 10-day trip to Italy, along with a pair of games.

All Division-I schools get 30 practices in 42 days before their season-openers, and Nagy plans to use them all. But he’s mindful of not turning that seven-week stretch into a grind.

“There’s a danger with burnout. We have to figure out ways — in particular, when you take a trip like we did — to not make it feel like it’s forever,” he said.

“We have to be very careful with how we practice and how long we practice. We definitely don’t want (to make it drudgery). We want their minds and hearts to be fresh.”