How Much Can VMI Progress in 2022?

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The James Purpura era started off with a bang as the VMI Keydets took down the Lafayette Leopards, 13-12, on the road in their season-opener. It marked the Keydets’ first victory since March 30th, 2019 when they took down Hampton.

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2022 Schedule Preview: VMI Keydets

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The VMI Keydets are the second DI program to release their 2022 schedule, doing so on Friday afternoon. The Keydets are heading into their second season under head coach James Purpura and coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 1-10 overall and 0-6 in SoCon play.

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How Did First-Year Head Coaches Fare in 2021?

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The 2021 season was certainly not a normal one. While this were pretty normal by Memorial Day, restrictions and pauses added challenges that nobody had ever had to deal with before. Add in the fact of being a first-year head coach and that can certainly make things even more difficult.

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The First Year of The Purpura Era at VMI Will Be About Building

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VMI is one of the few programs that underwent a coaching change this summer, as James Purpura came back to Lexington, where he had previously served as an assistant from 2017-2018, to lead the Keydets as the seventh head coach in program history.

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North Cross, Va., Attackman Zane Ratliff is First 2022 Commitment For VMI

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James Purpura and the VMI Keydets were one of multiple programs to pick up a treat on Halloween night, as they landed their first in the 2022 class with North Cross, Va., attackman Zane Ratliff announcing that he would be staying home and taking his talents to Lexington.

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