"From last year to this year, I think we have a totally different environment," Reed said. "So far in the preseason, things have been going great. The team's working hard. The chemistry is very good."
Reed added that he expects the many new players on the roster to add energy to the mix for the Crusaders.
While the Crusaders have a number of holes to fill, Reed said that the incoming class brings size and depth to the roster which he said can make a difference.
According to Reed, the height of his team near the basket can help to open the perimeter on offense, making his team two-dimensional from the outside and inside as well as putting pressure on opposing teams on defense.
Among the recruits to the team are a pair of six-foot centers in 6-0 Andreana MacIvor and 6-1 Anna Bojakowski to pair with Jackie Clarke down low.
As evidence of the depth of this year's squad, in a recent scrimmage against Dickinson, the Crusaders came out on top despite having three players inactive as a result of minor injuries, according to Reed.
Williams said that the talent of her incoming teammates has been evident early in practice and in scrimmages.
While exact roles for his team have not been determined, Reed said that he believes he has up to six forwards that he can rotate in and out of the lineup based on who happens to be playing well without a significant drop in skill.
"(Depth) is a good problem to have," Reed said.