New Leader at the Bears’ Den
SAN JUAN – Lupe Rodriguez’s cell phone rang just after 10 o’clock Monday night. PSJA athletic director Orlando Garcia was on the end.
The news? Rodriguez had just been confirmed as PSJA High School’s new head football coach.
“I couldn’t sleep. It was so surreal,” said Rodriguez.
The veteran coach spent the last eight seasons at the offensive coordinator at Mission Veterans High School.
This past season, Rodriguez orchestrated a Patriot passing attack led by Diego Hernandez that gained more than 4,000 yards through the air. Rodriguez tells CHANNEL 5 Sports, he took an interest in the PSJA job because of two programs’ similar offensive styles.
"They were throwing. Probably not as much as we were, but I felt they dynamics of the offense was there,” said Rodriguez. “Just tweaking a couple things here and there, it fit my style."
Rodriguez is excited to work with Bears quarterback Trey Guajardo, a three-sport athlete who will only be a junior next season.
The Bears are coming off two-straight loses seasons, but in spite of that, Rodriguez feels he can turn the program around.
“My goal is to come in and be successful and at least make the playoffs. We should be able to make the playoffs with the talent that we have and hopefully compete for a district championship,” said Rodriguez.
As the holiday break approaches, Rodriguez says his next task is to complete his coaching staff.
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