April 1, 2013
- The UC Davis football team will open an exciting new era on Tuesday morning when first-year head coach Ron Gould
and his staff welcome 80 players to the start of highly anticipated spring football drills at Aggie Stadium.
Aggie players have endured early morning winter conditioning in preparation for practices which will run from approximately 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and mid-mornings until noon on Saturdays, through April. The 15 practices will culminate with the Spring Preview on Apr. 27 at Aggie Stadium.
Gould, who joined UC Davis in December after a long tenure at Cal which included duties as associate head coach, has been busily assembling his staff and putting together the pieces that he hopes will move the Aggies up in the Big Sky. He said this year's drills are especially important for a variety of reasons.
"There will be a tremendous amount of education," he said. "We're implementing a totally new offense, a totally new defense (and) terminology is different. There's going to be a lot of learning and a lot of teaching that'll happen in the 15 practices of spring ball.
"One of things that you'll see is the players will get better and better each practice and get more comfortable with what we're doing offensively, as well as defensively."
The new era will also see a new look on how Aggie practices are conducted. Besides moving spring drills to the morning hours, all position meetings and training room services will now be held at Aggie Stadium, adjacent to locker room facilities and the Sochor Field itself. Gould said having everything in one location is important as UC Davis prepares for the upcoming season.
"It is a blessing and will make their lives a lot easier," he said. "Again, not losing focus of the young men, we want to make it as convenient as possible for them to have a world-class experience."
Gould said the goals for spring practices are simple.
"The number one thing is for us to grow as a team, grow as individuals and grow as a family" he said. "That's very, very important and that's what I want to accomplish this spring."
Gould, who coached several running backs at Cal to NFL careers including Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks and Jahvid Best of the Detroit Lions, brings an extensive coaching background to UC Davis. He was an assistant at his alma mater Oregon, as well as Portland State and Boise State, before moving to Cal in 1997. Gould was the running backs coach before assuming associate head coaching duties.
UC Davis represents his first head coaching opportunity and he's eager to get on the field with practices.
"I'm very, very excited," he said. "The players did a fabulous job this winter with conditioning and getting bigger and stronger, and now I'm looking forward to seeing exactly what we have. I'm looking forward to them run around, compete and continue to grow as players."
Gould and his staff will be preparing for a challenging 2013 season that features six home games, including four against rugged Big Sky competition, and six road games. UC Davis will openin at South Dakota on Aug. 31 before traveling to Nevada (Sept. 7) the following week. The home-opener will be a nonconference matchup against Northern Arizona on Sept. `4.
Season tickets for the upcoming season are currently available by calling (530) 752-1047 or by visiting the ticket information link