COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus State Cougars will begin clawing their way back from an 11-14 season last year with an away game versus Danville Area Community College on October 31st.
The Cougars are coming back with new head coach Edward Thompson at the helm.
Last year Thompson was an assistant to former head coach DeAndre Walker and said he is prepared for the challenges this year.
"This season we have three players back and everyone else is new. I think we are more talented this year," he said. "Our freshman come from good high school programs or from major [Amateur Athletic Union] programs."
Thompson also said that these earlier games will be important for team cohesion as the season develops.
"First games of the season, everyone is just ready to play and see what they got and at the end everyone just has a sense of urgency to make the tournament," he said. "The team is getting good thus far."
Thompson has been coaching college level basketball for the past two years and has experience coaching basketball at many levels including elementary school, high school, and the AAU.
The Cougars host their first home game versus Ohio State University – Newark on November 12th at 5:30 p.m.
The Columbus State Lady Cougars basketball team will begin their 2014 season with an away game versus Miami University – Hamilton, November 4th.
Admission to home games in the Delaware Hall Athletic Center are free for Columbus State students and employees.
Thompson is quick to stress the importance of support from students.
"It always feels good when you are getting cheered on. Sometimes that gives you a little more energy; when your peers and fans have your back."