New Lopez Football Coach Brings Ritual to Unite Coaching Staff
BROWNSVILLE – Armando Gutierrez has only been at Brownsville Lopez for just more than a month.
He’s had a lot on his plate taking over for a team that did not have a head coach for more than five months.
Gutierrez wanted to show his gratitude to the coaches and trainers that kept the kids going while they searched for a new main man.
“The first thing I thought about that first game was this is where it’s going to happen. That coach’s huddle is going to happen,” said the head coach.
The pregame huddle is an idea he picked up from his time in North Texas. A photo of the gathering created interest within the Lopez community.
“It was a surprise to them, they understood, it wasn't a long prayer, it wasn't something that was drawn out or anything, basically just stay focused", said trainer Jimi Cantu.
"I'm going to let them know how good they've been doing and praising their families and everything that they've been through and slowly unite them,” added Gutierrez.
The Lopez coaches welcome the huddle. They have a lot on their minds leading up to kickoff.
“Thought it was great and then you see the kids watching us do that, it just bonds us even tighter. We've always been here," said defensive coordinator Hugo Ramirez.
"After we did it, that was the amazing thing you know, that all the coaches, they rallied around him and we want to make sure he's welcome here," added offensive coordinator Alberto Leal.
The Lobos’ next game is on Friday against Rio Grande City.
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