Chad Walthall: That is a good question. What you usually expect in first practices. It is a fun time. I think that we are going to try to get our system in and the guys have been terrific thus far. They are picking up the system and it will be a process. We will start that process tomorrow and go from there.
Q: What was your familiarity with Coach Lickliter before coming here.
Walthall: 10 years. We worked together at Eastern Michigan and I had a few chances to go to Butler and I had my own thing at Loras. We have stayed in touch consistently over the years and done a lot of things with our families. We talked a lot of ball. This is new to me as far as working with him as far as him being a head coach, but I had a pretty good understanding of his system. It's still a little bit new, but it's fun.
Q: What is his system, in a nutshell?
Walthall: I think it's a team that plays together. It's a team that is united, that pulls for one another. A team that has always had good defense, a team that is good with the ball, taking care of and valuing the ball. Those are some of the basics.
Q: Is valuing the basketball at both ends a key in this system?
Walthall: It will be important. It is a team and a philosophy that is opportunistic on the offensive side of the ball, and a team that will play sound defense and not make mental or physical mistakes. We rely a lot on intelligence. Hopefully that will help us a lot this year.
Q: Does it ever hit you that you are a coach in the Big Ten, having come from Loras?
Walthall: It does. It's pretty cool, I will be honest. At the same time, it is still a people business. Recruiting is recruiting, but on a bigger level. It's neat being on this level, but at the same time, as far as what I do for a living, at the end of the day it's still the same. I am a coach and I teach the game and I recruit. It's different not being a head coach, but that is fine.
Q: It probably wasn't that big of a jump for your family to come here.
Walthall: It has been a cool adjustment. Our kids have loved it as has my wife. It is only an hour and a half away from Dubuque. To stay in the Midwest in this profession, and stay in Iowa and work in this league where I grew up, it's really a great opportunity.