Coach prepared for deployment

'When you make a commitment, when you decide to do something, you stick with it.'

Updated: November 11, 2010, 2:37 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

THROGGS NECK, N.Y. -- Follow Long Island Sound to the south as it narrows along the coastline of the Bronx and meets the East River, to the 55-acre campus of the State University of New York's Maritime College, which sits, almost unnoticed, on a spectacular peninsula that splays out underneath the Throggs Neck Bridge.

It is a staggeringly beautiful fall evening, with enough wind gusts to send the Lasers of the school's sailing team bouncing through the whitecaps. The lights of the ...

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