Fresh start for Falcons with former Iowa State guard as new head coach

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Friends University Falcons have a new head coach with an extensive basketball background and is excited about a new season.

A former NCAA DI player, Austin McBeth is entering his first season as head coach, replacing long-time coach Dale Faber.

McBeth is a first-time head coach, an excitement that fuels his desire to win this season.

“We just have a lot of new,” said McBeth. “We have a few core guys. We’re bringing in a lot of new guys, brand new coach, brand new system, so I think the hardest part is going to be getting all these dudes to play together, to think the same, to think like me.”

McBeth played at Iowa State as a point guard and recently was the head assistant coach at NCAA D-II Truman State University. He has authored two books on coaching philosophies and the vital role that coaches play in the lives of athletes. 

“When we do things right in practice, I think we’re really stinking good.”

The Falcons are coming off their first losing season since 2016.

“It’s a lot of new, like he said, a lot of learning,” said junior guard Ian Konek. “We have a new system to try to get down in a short amount of time, but with all of the new people that have come in, it’s been seamless.”

The Falcons are in their third week of preseason practice.

“I think a new culture is always good. Bringing in some extra culture and adding to what you have isn’t always a bad thing,” said freshman guard Trey Reid.

“I feel like everybody on the team is really ready and excited to play,” said freshman forward Jordan Gary. “We have a lot of talent on the team this year so it should be really fun.”

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