NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - There is no denying Nacogdoches football has struggled in recent years. In fact the Dragons have only made the playoffs 3 times since 1965. But this is a new season with a new coach and that means new hope for the Dragons in 2012.
Bobby Reyes returns to Nacogdoches after previously working with the Dragon baseball and football staffs years ago. Reyes, a native East Texan and Stephen F. Austin grad, is best known in the coaching world for turning around programs with a troubled past. After changing the Richard Pearce and McKinney programs from below .500 squads and into playoff teams, Reyes has his goals set on doing the same for Nacogdoches.
"It's really tough to take a program that has been down and struggled and turn it around in just one year," said Reyes. "We don't have aspirations of turning this program in one year, but we do have aspirations of being competitive every year."
Reyes said he realizes change will take time, but as long as the Dragons slow slight improvement, he will be one happy coach.
"We will just work to get better every week, one practice at a time," said Reyes. "Our goal is to be better today than we were yesterday, and if we can do that we are going to get where we need to be."
The Dragons elected not to have four weeks of spring practice, and instead started a week before other area schools who elected for spring work. After finalizing his staff for the fall the Dragons took the field on August 6th. They have now been at practice a week, implementing an entirely new offensive and defensive system. Progress is steady, says Reyes.
"I am happy with where we are, but I know we still have a long way to go," said Reyes. "But I am happy with where we have progressed to since starting practice."
Nacogdoches will have 3 scrimmages and will not play during zero week. Meaning they still have plenty of time before the score on the board begins to count towards their record. A record that Reyes hopes will improve each season he is at the helm for the Dragons.