Retro Night took over Redbird Arena on Saturday night, but unfortunately Illinois State gave up a nearly 20-point lead to get swept in the season series by Valparaiso, 65-62. 

NORMAL — Illinois State University men’s basketball head coach Dan Muller would normally be out on recruiting trips during the month of April. Instead, he is making phone calls and sending emails to current and future Redbirds from the comfort of his own home.

“For basketball, the season was over so they [the players] usually get some free time anyways,” Muller explained. “On the recruiting side, this has been much more difficult, since this has been a huge recruiting time for basketball. For the last 20 years as a coach, I’ve made recruiting trips in the month of April, so it’s definitely been different.”

Despite the sudden change in routine, Muller has adjusted well and worked hard to keep in touch with his players via phone calls and Zoom meetings. The busy coach also stated he appreciates the extra time with his family and hopes his players are doing the same.

“It’s been hard not seeing the guys every day for postseason banquets, meetings and in the weight room. We’ve had meetings via Zoom, and we’ll have our banquet that way as well, but it’s just not the same. A little less personal to me,” Muller said.

“It’s definitely been very different, but overall we’re doing good. I’ve been keeping in touch with the guys every day and we’re all doing what we can right now while home with family.”

RACHEL HICKEY is a Features and Sports Reporter for The Vidette. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at twitter @r_hickey15 

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