“He’s such a relationship guy," Banghart said. "He came in at a time where we already hit the ground running. How he’s engaged with them, not just talked at them, but how he’s taught them, he’s gotten incredible feedback.”
Banghart emphasized the connections Krueger has already made with the players on the team and the time he’s put into creating bonds between himself and the players.
Krueger believes the Tar Heels are a perfect fit for him as a coach.
“Something that’s really important to me is having people around me that support me and support what I do,” Krueger said. “When I was going through the application process, that’s something that I really felt with coach Banghart and the rest of the staff and the administration. Where they really wanted to bring someone in who knew what they were doing, but also was going to be collaborative and have an impact and see growth in not only women’s basketball but in the athletics department as a whole.”
Alexandra Zelaya, a first-year from Goodyear, Arizona, had nothing but praise for the work Krueger has done for the team.
“Even though he’s new, he’s already bringing a lot of good energy,” Zelaya said.
She said Krueger cares about more than just the players' physical health — he also cares about their minds and makes sure that they are encouraging each other.
Zelaya feels like she and her teammates can connect with Krueger, who was still in college himself less than five years ago, which helps bring incentive and vigor to workouts that may occasionally seem like a nuisance.
“Even though we’re in the weight room and not on the court, he wants us to bring the same energy and continue to lift each other up, so he’s really helped with team chemistry and has helped us stay motivated," Zelaya said.
And for Krueger, that same energy and support within the team will lead to future success.
“We’re going to continue to drive the culture forward, continue to become more successful as a team, become better teammates, better coaches," Krueger said. "And we’re going to win some national championships.”
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