Welcome to Corvallis, Lauren Sinacola.
Oregon State University announced Sinacola as the school's head women's soccer coach last week. She had spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach for Notre Dame who was ranked as high as No. 13 nationally.
As she prepares for her inaugural season as Beavers head coach, Sinacola joined the Talkin' Beavers podcast to discuss the upcoming season and arguably, more importantly, the upcoming preseason.
"The first few days of preseason is going to be really important and I hope the players are excited for it because it is a fresh slate for them," said Sinacola.
"They get to prove themselves in a different way, maybe get an opportunity they may not have had before. This is a moment where you can kind of restart and wipe the slate clean ."
She added she wants to learn what makes each player tick on and off the field because when "those coincide, that's when you find the most success."
However, this is not a one-year gig for Sinacola. She wants to build something in Corvallis and that begins with the current roster but will be built with incoming talent. Thankfully for her, she's coaching in a state that embraces soccer arguably more so than any other.
In fact, Soccer City, USA is just 80 minutes north.
"That's what's so exciting about coming to a place like Oregon, you have really talented soccer players in your backyard," she said.
"It's a huge recruiting tool... If you love soccer... it spreads all throughout Oregon."
Best of luck, Lauren!