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No excuses

Wisconsin women's soccer head coach Paula Wilkins will keep a consistent blog throughout the  spring season to track the team's progress and other tidbits. Check back to UWBadgers.com for regular updates.

I am really late this week with my blog because my week has been full of meetings and recruiting, but as my mother would say... don't make excuses.  I have a little time in between my seven meetings today to catch everyone up on the happenings of Wisconsin Soccer. I use these meetings to talk about the players' school, summer plans, health, and my expectations for them next year.  After these meetings, I always think I need more and more communication with players because I believe that is the foundation of a successful program. 

Our spring didn't go as well as I would have liked, mostly because of the number of injuries we sustained this spring.  My objective for the spring was to try players in different positions to see if different combinations worked better with one another.  We never had the opportunity to move people around as injuries slowly took our team over.  On the bright side, it did give some players a great opportunity to show me what they can do because we basically had just enough players to field a complete side.  With no substitutions, it was their time to shine.

This is a depressing part of the spring for me, as the players leave campus and my attention turns to recruiting.  Recruiting generally means traveling, so it's time to bust my suitcase out to start hitting the recruiting trail.  It is great to see different parts of the country, but most of the time I get to see the airport, a soccer field, a hotel room, and maybe a local restaurant.  I have been to Houston, Texas, 14 times in my coaching career, and I have yet to see the downtown. 

I have been very slowly chipping away at my trek back to Pennsylvania.  I have ONLY 660 miles to go.  I have only been able to run every other day as my leg/ankle is still bothering me, plus I have spent most of my evenings at ODP, local club practices, or high school games.  I have had the chance to see several of the best high school teams in Milwaukee play, so it is a great excuse not to run.  

While I was in Milwaukee this week, my current players directed me to a good Mexican restaurant in South Milwaukee... well, they said it was good, but I was not so impressed.  I won't mention the name of the restaurant as I would not give it Paula's stamp of approval.  I don't want to offend anyone.  As for my search for great restaurants in Madison, I have to be honest that I never made it to Cooper's Tavern last Friday.  I was exhausted from the day, so I fell back on getting a pizza from Greenbush.  It wasn't the healthiest choice, but it sure hit the spot.

I am leaving tomorrow to recruit in DC, so I don't know if I will make it out to dinner for my weekly "dinner date" at a new place in Madison, but I did have lunch at the Brassiere on Monroe St., and I loved their frites and grilled avocado and bacon sandwich.  They have a great low key atmosphere , and it is a great walking distance from Camp Randall.

I am still looking for an excellent cooking class in Madison if anyone knows of one.  I am off to DC!