Bloomington looks to take the next step

It was a tumultuous offseason for Bloomington head coach Tom Conner, who suffered a heart attack in March while playing pickup basketball. The 35-year old Conner has spent the offseason recovering and changing his diet and is feeling a lot better as he embarks on his third season in charge of the Bruins.

“Life is great right now,” Conner said. “The doctor has cleared me to resume working out and physical activities and I’ve been working real hard to stay healthy. I’m just excited to be back out there and get this season going.”

Along with his improving health, Conner is getting excitement from a Bruins team that returns 10 starters and several other contributors from last year’s team. After painful 2-8 and 3-7 seasons in adjusting from Don Markham’s double-wing offense and 30-man roster to a spread offense and a roster that is roughly 20 players bigger, Conner thinks that this year will be the one where Bloomington makes a leap.
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