Welcome back to your Fighting Illini weekly journal!! This summer was great, but it went by really fast! Most everyone stayed in Champaign and worked really hard inside and outside of the gym by keeping up with school work and taking care of our bodies as we approached pre-season 2011!! One of our sisters, Hannah Welker had an AMAZING opportunity to take an internship in New York City with CBS News!! We all missed her greatly, but now that we are all back together, it's better than ever!
We added five new freshmen to our Illini family this year!! The freshmen are doing a fantastic job getting things figured out! They are working very hard in the gym and adjusting to our schedule extremely quickly. We also welcomed a new assistant coach to our family, Rodney Gust. He is a wonderful addition to our team and we love his goofy energy that he brings with him every day.
The energy in the gym has been extraordinary! All smiles and giggles and nothing but a positive aura as we look forward to the 2012 season! We started conditioning and cardio a couple of weeks ago and we are getting really excited as official practices start in just two weeks!! Skill sets are coming together and the skills trained over the summer are looking better and better! This season is going to be outstanding!!!!
Thanks for reading and tune in next week for some further updates!!