By: JOHN CANNON
(DONNA) – The Roy Rokovich era officially began at Donna North on Monday morning.
Rokovich got his first look with the Chiefs football team after taking over the program back in January and said he was extremely excited to hit the field with his squad.
“I am tremendously excited to get back on the field,” said Rokovich. “Anytime you see kids perform and get to another level is great.”
“Everyone goes into this because they want to get better and want to win. So the excitement of being able to help the kids and get them to that point is why we do this. To see coaches working hard and following in the same frame of mind that I am is tremendous.”
Rokovich returns to the sidelines after taking on the job as Donna ISD Assistant Athletic Director for two years.
Prior to that, Rokovich was an assistant coach with stops at Weslaco East, Weslaco High, Donna High and Laredo Martin.
Rokovich has been a head coach before while at Bracketville from 1985 through 1987 and ended up with an 11-19 overall record.
All in all, Rokovich brings 32 total years of coaching to the table and has been a part of turning around programs quite a few times.
“Turning a program around or building it from the ground up is nothing new to me,” said Rokovich. “I did that a lot of my stops and at each and every one of them we worked on a building phase which is done one day at a time.”
“I am looking to do the same thing here at Donna North. My goal here is to have the kids look better in week 11 than we do in week one. If we can accomplish that goal and get the kids to buy into what we are doing, I know we can get this thing going in the right direction.”
During the first few days of practice, Rokovich has seen a huge difference in the kids than in the past and talked about some of the things that has impressed him so far.
“I like their attitude and intensity,” said Rokovich. “These kids come up to us and say ‘gosh we are happy that you are making us work hard and that you care about us’ and they all feel the overall atmosphere is positive.”
“These kids are working hard and I see some great stuff out of them. They are being challenged and so far have done everything we as coaches have asked them to do. Overall, I see some big changes from these kids than in the past and am proud to be a part of it.”