Spring and Summer 2010 has become one of the most important off-seasons in recent Thunderwolves history. The team enjoyed a break-out season in 2009-10 that saw Lakehead recognized in the CIS top ten for the majority of the season cumulating with a Final 8 appearance in March. Despite the strong showing last season, all those associated with the team understand that nothing can be taken for granted for the future. A big reason for the improvement with the team has been the hard work put towards off-season development by players and coaches within the program. This off-season has presented a great opportunity to the Thunderwolves as most of the roster has stayed on campus for the off-season in order to remain committed to getting stronger, more skilled and closer as a team heading into September.
The team is in the middle of a 12 week off-season development program which includes work on basketball skills, footwork and agility as well as strength and conditioning. Coach Morrison and Assistant Coach Erdman have been leading on court workouts focusing on developing all around skills for each player while the team has been spending more time in the weight room than previous seasons recognizing a team need to improve physical strength for next year. Coach Morrison has incorporated an off-season program designed by top basketball specific trainer Alan Stein to help turn last season's weakness into this season's advantage.
With the CIS Final 8 moving back to Halifax for the next two years, there will be one less bid for OUA teams. The Thunderwolves are greatful for the opportunity had this past March to represent the OUA in the Final 8 and will make excellent use of the experience and exposure gained that week to help push the team to greater heights in 2011. Stay tuned for the 2010-11 schedule as well as final recruiting committments to be announced within the next 2-3 weeks.