By Kyle Bennett
As the 2017-2018 Women's Soccer season approaches with an August 30th home-opener against Rowan College at Burlington County (start time 3:30pm), first year head coach Rob Polk is ready to build a team for the now and for the future. Polk, a former three-year starter at Wesley College and Woodstown High School graduate, is in his first head coaching position and is ready to lead the Lady Dukes.
"We're looking to build a strong program, and this is step one in the process," said Polk, "we're starting to build and grow as a team".
Polk said his number one goal for the season is to keep the team organized and not worry about wins and losses, "we want to be competitive in every game and gauge our progress on that and not with the scoreboard".
On the local level, Polk is excited to face off against Rowan College at Gloucester County and use that as a measuring tool on how the team is progressing as a unit.
They've been very successful and probably are the top local team for us to really measure our progress as a team, so if we can be competitive with them, I'll be excited to see where we can take this program", said Polk.
Polk is thrilled to have Imani Gaines back, who was the 2016 Goalkeeper of the Year.
"When you build from the back up, you want to have that goalkeeper that you can rely on as a last line of defense, and she's that building block and I'm expecting a repeat performance from her," said Polk.
"I appreciate this opportunity to represent Cumberland County College and am excited to lead the team into this season".
Off the field, Polk lives in Pitman with his wife Kristen and his son Lincoln and is a middle school math and social studies teacher at Strang School at Ranch Hope.