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McGair: More on the value of PC's training staff

March 8, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

If there’s one thing I regret about the article regarding the yeoman’s work on the part of Providence College’s athletic training staff, it’s that there’s no quotes from Ken White, the school’s strength coach.

Like head athletic trainer Bryn VanPatten, White has been plying his trade at PC for some time – he’s currently in his 10th year at the college. One quote that didn’t make the article - http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/10821 - should help shed some light on the working relationship between VanPatten and White.

“We’re always in constant contact, emails, text messages. Every day after practice I give an update about what’s going on,” said VanPatten. “We’re always on the same page. Having good support from the strength coach is extremely important.”

Now that the air has been cleared, let’s turn our attention to the real business at hand. The Friars have a golden opportunity tonight against a Creighton squad that no doubt remembers how January’s meeting in Providence went down. In his latest NCAA Tournament projection, ESPN’s resident bracket guru Joe Lunardi has PC among his “first four out.”

A loss to the Bluejays on their home floor wouldn’t necessarily spell curtains to PC’s NCAA dream. It would just mean that Ed Cooley & Co. will have to do some heavy lifting at next week’s Big East Tournament.

Follow Brendan McGair on Twitter @BWMcGair03

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