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New coaches hope to make an impact

By Keldy Ortiz
Aug. 16, 2013 at 3:16 a.m.

Former University of Texas player D.J. Monroe is an assistant coach at St. Joseph.

NEW FACES:

Victoria East

• Ernie Gonzales, defensive tackles

• Calvin Bowers, offensive line

• David Steinberg, cornerbacks

Victoria West

• Arthur Leon, secondary

St. Joseph

• D.J. Monroe, running backs, secondary and special teams

• Bryan Jones, offensive and defensive line

St. Joseph's football practices aren't like those of most team's.

For one, there is loud music playing on the speakers as players and coaches get ready for the 2013 season.

But different isn't a bad thing for the Flyers.

After winning just three games last season, coach Kevin Auten hopes this season will be different, and he's brought in two new assistant coaches to help make that change.

Bryan Jones, a former running back at Refugio, and D.J. Monroe, an ex-wide receiver at University of Texas, have come to St. Joseph with the hope of building a winning program.

"Both of them bring a lot of energy to the program. These young football players, they need that energy around them," Auten said. "They're bringing in more excitement."

St. Joseph isn't the only program in Victoria with new coaches on the sidelines. Victoria East and West have new coaches, and all of them have the same goal: improve their team from last season.

At East, three new coaches were added, including Ernie Gonzales to coach the defensive tackles, while the Warriors brought in Arthur Leon to coach the secondary.

David Steinberg, who is coaching cornerbacks at East, has instilled in the minds of his players not to dwell on the bad plays.

"You have to have a short memory as a corner because the next play, you're going to have to line up and do it again," Steinberg said. "Football to me is a great life lesson. There's good things that happen then there's bad things and how you handle adversity. You got two choices - you can feel sorry for yourself, or you can get up and fight."

Calvin Bowers, who coaches the Titans offensive line, wants his players to play mistake-free football.

"The offensive line is not just five positions; it's one unit," Bowers said. "When we can get those five guys to work together as one unit, communicate together, work together, then as an offense, we will be able to protect our quarterback."

For the Flyers this summer, Auten knew he needed to make changes. So, he reached out to Jones and Monroe.

Monroe is a first-time coach who played at Angleton before going to Texas.

What he lacks in coaching experience, Monroe more than makes up for with his effort.

"We know we've been more supportive, being there for them, staying for as long as they need us," Monroe, who coaches running backs, secondary and special teams, said. "We are pushing them harder than we ever pushed them."

In practices, Jones said the motto for the season is "All In."

"I want to help them bring a winning mentality here because this used to be a top-notch program," Jones said.

Senior running back Barclay Proctor has bought in to what Jones and Monroe have said on the practice field. Proctor said Jones and Monroe have been honest about their assessment of his playing ability, which he wants to improve on.

"(They've) done this before," Proctor said. "It's invaluable to us."

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