By Steve Patterson / Moving Pictures
On Jan. 30, Red Oak ISD Athletic Director held a “Meet the Coach” in the Red Oak High School Cafeteria, where a little over a 100 parents, players and citizens attended.
The Hawks new Football Coach, Chris Ross comes to Red Oak with an impressive resume and has the “stats” so to speak to back it up. Listening to Chris speak to everyone in the room, it’s easy to understand why he has been successful with every program he has been involved with, including NCAA Division I Boise State. He is a very good motivator, knows the game extremely well, is very smart and brings responsibility to the student athlete to bring their best, not matter what the task.
One area that Coach Ross spoke about, which he is already instilling into his future team, is not to focus winning a District Championship next season, but rather getting one step better each day. He had many realistic examples to share on how one extra step can determine great things individually, but also as a team. Ross shared his 12 week plan with all in attendance, which takes the players to Spring Ball, but a lot of the plan was weight training and conditioning.
Coach Ross is also bringing in a couple of new assistance coaches who have impressive resumes themselves.
With new coaches coming aboard, changing the culture and a new UIL District realignment, the 2018 Hawks Football season may be quite special.