Ed Seidick understands that reaching the next phase in the Catasauqua girls' basketball program won't be an overnight task.
But he won't be satisfied with a series of moral victories either. Yet, he will deal with the reality of the situation of developing a new environment for the program that hasn't surpassed the double-digit win mark in quite some time.
When he was named head wrestling coach in May, Kyle Rusnock knew he had some big shoes to fill.
He replaced longtime coach Mike Conner, who methodically built the program into a perennial power over the years. Rusnock also realized he would begin his first season with the graduation of 10 seniors who were mainstays in the Roughies' starting lineup the past few seasons.
Yet, the ever-optimistic and effervescent Rusnock - who had been an assistant the past 10 seasons and a former 112-pound state champion for the program - couldn't wait to put his fingerprints on the program.
Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder normally doesn't expect too much from his squad during the awakening moments of the season every winter.
Over the years, Snyder knows his teams are slow to mature through the season, as the steady, perennial flock of football players tend to take some time to acclimate themselves to the new season.
This year, Snyder expects the script to follow suit. Over his first few games, the veteran coach will juggle lineups to find a concoction for success.
Dakota Schiffer doesn't like to work on his outside shooting outdoors. Instead, he'll work to hone that part of his game indoors.
Schiffer will get his chance to work on that aspect of his game, as well his overall forte he'll bring to the Catasauqua boys' basketball program this winter.
During the summer, Schiffer - who has increased his playing time the past two seasons since his transfer from Dieruff - worked on his ball handling and driving to the basket.
After reaching the District 11 Class 2A final with a solid overall team, Catasauqua head boys basketball coach Eric Snyder realizes what his squad's strength likely will be this winter - speed and skills.
"We don't have a lot of height," said Snyder, who will begin his 23rd year at the helm of the Roughies program. "We will have a lot of medium-sized kids with good ball-handling skills. This will be a little bit of a different makeup of a team.
"But they had a good summer and there is a good chemistry here already. We're looking forward to another good year."
Mike Shutta has been waiting too long.
The senior running back weighted heavily in the Roughies' offensive attack this season and he fulfilled expectations with a string of steady performances. But a concussion sidelined Shutta in the second half of the season, and there were serious doubts whether he would return this season.
Thursday morning, Shutta will get his final chance in a Catty uniform to prove his worth. To say that he is anxious to get back on the field simply is putting it mildly.
Joe Harakal just wants another chance to kick again in a big game.
The Roughies' senior place kicker began the season on a high note as he was getting his share of kicks to begin the season. But Catty hit a major pothole along the way and they finished this season with four consecutive losses.
"I started the season pretty well, but I don't know what happened. The team had lost some starters, and I didn't receive as many chances as I thought I would. It was frustrating, but I understood what we were going through."
When the Roughies take the field for their annual showdown against Northampton Thanksgiving morning, it might to safe to say that it will be a different team that took the field several weeks ago.
Back then, the Roughies had an influx of several new and first-year players in starting spots, as their starting lineup was riddled with injuries.
Now, the Roughies will field a lineup in which they began the season having many starters returning from injuries in time for their 92nd annual meeting with the Konkrete Kids.
Until last season, Dave Wetherhold played point guard. It was a process that began in fifth grade and continued through his junior year.
Last season, Wetherhold moved to shooting guard alongside point guard Brandon Purrone. This time around, it was a move that he gradually became accustomed.
This past summer with Purrone graduating, Wetherhold took the first steps toward his senior season with the Roughies boys' basketball program when he moved back to the point, a position he will officially begin when practice began on Monday.
When he took over as head cross country coach two years ago, Kyle Rusnock joked with former athletic director Tom Moll that he only needed a van to transport his team.
But, Rusnock also stated that he would need two buses for the same task in a few years.
Based on some recent growth in the program, Rusnock's prognostication will apparently come to its fruition.