Thanks From Coach LeBlanc

This is a first. BlueGoldNews.com, along with a handful of other media outlets, received a very gracious letter from men's soccer head coach Marlon LeBlanc today, thanking us for our coverage of the men's soccer season.

We certainly don't provide our coverage in anticipation of such notes, so it was certainly a surprise to receive such a missive from the coach of a Division 1 program.

Coach LeBlanc also expressed his appreciation to the fans of the program for their tremendous support, which helped the Mountaineers to a 15-3-3 record, a Big East regular season championship and a #6 seed in the NCAA tournament. Those fans also shattered the WVU attendance record for a game, with 2153 piling into Dick Dlesk Stadium.

Other records set by the team this year included three players on the First Team All Big East squad, WVU's first Hermann Trophy Semifinalist in program history, winning the Coaching Staff of the Year and setting a record for most wins in a season.

Outside of all that, it was certainly a classy move on the part of LeBlanc to thank us for the coverage, and even give a bit of credit for helping put more fans into the stands. Although we'd certainly say it was the play of LeBlanc's team that accounted for 99.99% of that achievement, it was still a gracious thought on his part.

In a time when relationships between coaches and media have become guarded at best and frosty or outright bitter at worst, receiving such a note is like a mountain breeze cutting through the stench of, dare we say it, Pitt.


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