SPASH boys basketball team transitioning well with new head coach, sits atop the WVC

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- There's an old saying, the more things change, the more they stay the same. It's cliche, but true when you take a look at this year's SPASH boys basketball team.

Despite graduating six seniors last year, and naming a new head coach, the team finds itself in familiar territory atop the Wisconsin Valley Conference standings.

"Once we got healthy we were really able to put some stuff together and catch a rhythm on the offensive end and really dug our heels in the sand on the defensive end and really been able to hold teams to under their average," SPASH head coach Jon Krull said.

Coaching changes are never simple, but having Krull, who had already spent the past 8 years as an assistant with the program, has made things easier then they could have been.

"It was definitely tough at first but knowing that Coach Krull does a lot of the same things Coach Anderson did was a good relief and its been a smooth transition," senior Nolan Blair said.

"Same intensity. Same drills. Same expectations to where we are doing a defensive drill to get out first time, to making sure that we're always focused and we're playing at a high level," fellow senior Darren Zwicker added.

Krull says his seniors have been a big reason behind the team's success so far this season.

"They've really helped the underclassmen, the juniors on down to understand that there's a way of doing business here on this court and with this program and they make sure that they're going to pass that on."

Because while this program has seen plenty of change, at least one thing will always stay the same.

"Our goals don't change," Krull said. "No matter what team we have here, and if we put in the work and the time and prepare hard, I think we're capable of doing some big things. But we've got to put in the time."

SPASH will put their undefeated conference record on the line Friday at home against third place Marshfield.