WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – John Gallagher talked a lot on Saturday about building a program. There’s a good reason, since the third-year Hartford head coach is in the process of doing that with a young team. And while there’s a lot of potential in his team, there are some things they will need to do to start reaching it, some of which he talked about right away.
“I want them to be disappointed,” Gallagher said after his team lost its season opener 65-61 to Quinnipiac in the Connecticut 6 Classic. “I don’t want a locker room that’s like, oh, we almost had them. That’s ludicrous. We’re trying to build something, we want them to feel a little pain. We want them to realize that winning and losing really matters.”