DUBUQUE – What team won the Iowa Conference Title for the first time in 10 years you ask? The Loras College men’s basketball team. After a decade long drout the program is finally on the rebound. Two new faces had a lot to do with the team’s success. The coach and player comment on their transition to a new team, “the people here have been accepting and great to us. I think my staff and I are pretty blessed to be at a place like Loras,” said new head coach Chris Martin. “Even in practice going against these guys they’re a lot bigger and stronger and more athletic, so I knew that I just had to use my skills and basketball IQ to get me through it,” said Freshman Matt Dacy-Seijo.
When it comes to college sports often times freshman don’t get very much attention. However, coach Martin saw something special in a man by the name of Matt Dacy-Seijo. Coach Martin was very pleased with how far the young man has come, “Matt Dacy came in as a JV guy, earned a varsity uniform, all of a sudden came off the bench and next thing you know he’s starting for a league championship team.”
The 5’ 8”, freshman, Point guard from Wheaton Illinois, found his place on the team immediately averaging just under 10 points per game. Senior Danny Quinn talked about what impact Dacy has made this last season, “he’s a big time three point shooter, I mean not many teams go and win a conference championship with a freshman point guard. ”
Despite ending their post season run early with a loss to Wartburg in the conference tournament both coach Martin and Dacy-Seijo comment on their confidence in the future of the program.“We could be really good in the next couple years. We’re just gonna play practice by practice, workout by workout in the offseason,” says Dacy. “We’re gonna be a fun team to be on and watch. So if we just take care of our day to day the sky is the limit for this group,” says coach Martin.