McCoist was hampered by a signing embargo and an inability to play official friendlies 12 months ago before the club provisionally secured SFA membership less than 48 hours before facing Brechin in their first competitive game.
This time around they have already claimed three friendly victories following the 1-0 success at Bristol City on Saturday ahead of a training camp in Germany.
McCoist said: "Last year everyone was just thrown in together with no real organisation, no games and certainly not the training schedule we'd have wanted for them.
"This time it is very different and everyone is getting to know each other. We're still in the early stages but everyone is benefiting from the way things are going.
"I'm not going to tempt fate in terms of results but, looking at our preparations, it's like night and day between last summer and now.
"We're miles ahead of where we were going into the season last July and you can see that.
"Our fitness levels are far greater and I'm really pleased with how things are going."