Today was the first day of 2010 training, which consisted mostly of fitness testing. The players
did the beep test, speed/agility drills and other running exercises. Below are videos of 1st
rounder Teal Bunbury, the 2009 Hermann Trophy winner, and Fitness Coach John Pascarella. For more
from the first day, including who is in and out of camp at the moment, head to The Back Post.
Thad over at The Back Post has the breaking news, with the press release coming soon, that Coach
Onalfo has been dismissed by the Wizards. The move comes after the Wizards embarrassing 6-0 loss to
Dallas on Sunday. Along with Onalfo being let go, assistant coach, Kris Kelderman was also let go.
That leaves Kerry Zavagnin and John Pascarella as the two remaining coaches.
Thad over at The Back Post recently had a phone interview with the Wizards Technical Director,
Peter Vermes. He had to divide the interview into three posts, but you can see Part 1, Part 2, and
Part 3 on his blog. Part 1 deals mainly with new players. The team is looking at a couple players,
and 1-2 may join the team for training down in Florida.
The Wizards have replaced goalkeeping/fitness coach, David Tenney who left the team to take the
fitness coach position with Seattle. The new coach, is John Pascarella, who leaves the North
Virginia Royals of the PDL to take the position. Pascarella had been the Royals head coach along
with being a Region 1 Olympic Development Program camp coach and the coach of the Virginia '90 ODP
Hillcrest made it out to training today for the first time in 2009. It was a fairly nice day, so
that was a pleasant surprise. The guys started with the usual fitness warm up then a
passing/keep-away drill for the field players and catching drills for the goalies. New goalkeeper
coach John Pascarella was there watching the 'keepers first hand for one of the first times.