Leach's annual retreat short but sweet

THE ANNUAL RETREAT for the Washington State football coaching staff the previous two years was held in the lake resort town of McCall, Idaho. The year before that, it was held in Coeur d'Alene. This year saw something different.

For 2015, it was goodbye to Idaho. And hello, San Diego.

It was also a shorter event than in previous years.

"It was great," said WSU running backs coach Jim Mastro. "We had all our satellite camps and the last one was in San Diego so we just stayed an extra day."

The retreats in previous summers were longer events but Mastro said the staff accomplished what they set out to do. The emphasis remained the same: what they can do to become better coaches and to make their players better.

"We have a good bunch of guys here, everyone gets along," said Mastro. "It was nice weather, great food, got to go down by the beach. It was a day-and-a-half thing but it was good."

If the Cougar coaching staff should ever decided to form a house band, one of the spots is filled.

"We found out that Coach Manning is an unbelievable drummer. That was shocking to all of us but the guy can play the drum like nobody I've seen in a while. That was impressive," said Mastro.

Just don't count on a late show that goes on into the wee hours.

"Once 11 o'clock hits it's time for me to hit the hay. I'm an early morning guy, not a late night guy. But we had a lot of fun."

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