The Crimson Pride continues to rise! For the first time since 2004, the Boys Soccer Team qualified for the 2019 NSAA State Boys Soccer Championship Class B Tournament Playoffs.
“I want to thank the players and parents for an amazing season,” says Coach Jacob Laville. “We accomplished our goal of state because of all of you. It felt as though every possible challenge was thrown at us this year to keep that from happening. Through all the crazy weather, constantly changing practice locations, injuries, cancellations, and rescheduled games, the players’ effort and families’ support made this season a success.”
Coach Laville arrived at Roncalli Catholic in 2016 and began his career as the JV Head Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach. He was promoted to Boys Head Soccer Coach in the summer of 2018. This year, he was assisted by Coach Sarah Pritza, JV Head Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach.
Coach Laville says this successful season was a build up from years past; they changed the formation and the culture became more competitive. “We pushed the idea that you can be successful by being more accountable as players.”
He believes the most significant change since his arrival was that the players who were sophomores at the time really wanted to win. RCHS’ previous head coach, Austin Herber, and Coach Laville started to push their players to make them more competitive. He says the players were apprehensive and culture-shocked at first, coming to the realization “This is what it takes to succeed!” Each player found out how to push himself, they learned that it wasn’t always going to be easy.
“They got used to being uncomfortable. They learned to handle their new situation better than previous years and decided to be bold and face those challenges, rise up to meet them. The players realized the goals they had set for themselves could be met. And they met them.”
“Thank you all. I could not have asked to coach and work with a better group of people,” says Coach Laville.