Anytime there is a new head coach, more times than not, the rest of the staff is new as well.
Incoming Bowling Green State University Women's Basketball Head Coach Jennifer Roos has hired a former Falcon.
Not too long ago, I predicted Roos might hire Kate Achter. Instead, she went with another former falcon, Ali Mann.
I am not the least bit surprised.
The Bowling Green Falcons have won eight consecutive MAC titles. Out of those eight titles, seven have been OUTRIGHT league regular-season crowns.
Just a side note, Ali Mann began her career at BG in 2003; you do the math.
Winning MAC titles though, is not where it ends. A post-season berth is like the icing on the cake.
Before 2003, it wasn't that a post-season appearance was unheard of in the Falcon program, consecutively though, it just wasn't as common.
Now, they have a rich tradition of excellence.
Eight consecutive trips to the national postseason, with trips to the NCAA Championships three consecutive years (2005-2007) and back to back appearances in 2010-2011.
But let me put the cherry on top.
In 2007, the Falcons created history and made it to the "Sweet Sixteen!" A rare accomplishment for a MAC team.
So why is the hiring of Ali Mann not a surprise to me?
She is a proven winner, who refueled the Falcons' rich tradition of excellence from the day she stepped foot on that hardwood at Anderson Arena. She doesn't know how to do anything but win.
Her winning mentality and work ethic became contagious. From player to player, it continues still today.
It's one thing when attitude and work ethic becomes contagious. It's another when it becomes contagious between a coach and a player.
I don't know about you, but if I had the opportunity to catch that "bug" from Ali Mann, I would catch it in a heartbeat.
At least at the end of each day, I know I'd be a winner!!!