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Catching up with … Wolves Asst. Coach Bob Nardella

What’s your fondest memory of the 2021-22 season?

The biggest thing that I remember is how smoothly the year went. We really didn’t have many hiccups in the regular season or playoffs.

There was a time players wore down a bit during the regular season, but we still just managed to keep going. It was pretty amazing.

What have you been able to do during the short off-season?

I really haven’t done much. I just got caught up on stuff like doctors’ visits and tying up loose ends of stuff you can’t do during the season.

What do you like to do to relax?

It’s just golfing, going for dinners, having people over in the yard and catching up with people that you can’t really see much for eight or nine months.

What did you do with the Cup?

The mayor of Rosemont asked me to bring it to the community picnic.

And the night before, I was supposed to get it from (general manager) Wendell Young and he texted at seven o’clock and asked if I wanted it sooner. I was at a dinner party with maybe 10 other couples, and he asked me if I wanted it. I said, ‘I’m not driving tonight so I can’t pick it up.’
So, I got an idea in my head, and I sent an Uber to his house and Uber-delivered the Cup to my friend’s house. I had it for a couple hours that night and that was fun because it was spontaneous.

You weren’t worried the driver would take off with it?

Not at all. I talked to the driver and got all his information, and he was fine with it. I’ve Uber-ed stuff to different locations before, like if friends have left car keys in golf carts or something.

What is it like getting back to work after such a short time?

The muscle memory will kick in, and it’s not my first time doing it, so it should be fine. With a new coach, it’s going to be a little bit different, but it should still be fine.

What do you expect working with new coach Brock Sheahan?

This is my fifth coach that I’ve worked under, and I anticipate things going as smooth as the other four. But he seems to have a really good demeanor and outlook and I’m looking forward to it.

You’ve been with the Wolves for decades. What keeps you motivated each season?

I’ve been with the Wolves since 1994 and it’s kind of in my blood now. I was an original member and I’ve been part of four of the five championships.

I take a lot of pride in the tradition here and I put a lot into this personally. (Team owner) Don Levin is very generous to a lot of people, and I don’t want to let him down.

What do you do for an encore after such a great ’21-22 season?

Try to go out and win again. I expect to win — that’s why you coach. You’re developing guys and you’re trying to win. So, I want to win our division and go from there.