Now, the well-tenured coach is not in the position of building from the ground up but directing his newest group of players down the road of success.
“Woodward lacrosse has a pretty strong tradition,” Muir said. “They’ve had the program for quite some time. It’s nice to walk into a school that already has that tradition but we still have our challenges.”
For three of the past five seasons, Nick Weil guided the War Eagles to a winning record. But in each of the previous two campaigns, Woodward earned just an 8-9 record and that is where Muir has to start from.
“I’m not really sure what the previous coach was able to do,” Muir said. “But our main goal is taking the group of guys we have now and really trying to win the day.
“Each and every day try to do better than we did yesterday,” Muir said. “If we can be competitive with each other, learn from each other and push each other, then we can be successful in the long run.”
Muir also believes this team can achieve a great deal of success if everyone is on the same page.
“My vision for the season is for us to instill a culture of commitment and get the players to buy into what it takes to win,” Muir said. “I think as a coach you just can’t be focused on winning. You have to be hyperfocused on all the little things it takes to get there. Because if you do all of those things right, the wins come.”
And in Muir’s book, wins are a result of defense.
“Everything for us starts with defense,” he said. “We believe in creating offense from defense. We will play mostly straight man defense but with pretty aggressive on-ball defense and sometimes off-ball fly packages—or trap teams when we can and create turnovers.”
After three games, the War Eagles are 1-2 and scheduled to host Newnan on March 13.
One of those setbacks was a 10-4 loss to Whitewater, where Muir earned a 29-49 record in five seasons. Muir had a 10-25 mark in two seasons at Brookwood, which Woodward will not face this season.