St. Joseph senior Holden Garcia couldn’t stand the indoors anymore.
After three months of quarantine, he needed a way to work off his energy.
When St. Joseph offered the opportunity for students to participate in summer strength and conditioning workouts, he couldn’t jump into it fast enough.
“I was going a bit crazy,” Garcia said. “I was locked up in my house not doing anything, and it’s just been so great to be back out here.”
The Flyers are beginning to ramp up the pace under first-year coach James Duprie.
Duprie was named the athletic director and head football coach at St. Joseph on June 19.
Duprie replaced Bryan Jones after he resigned as head football coach and athletic director in May.
“I still haven’t met everyone officially, but it’s been good,” Duprie said. “Coming on last week, we had some people out with vacation, but our numbers have been good.”
The Flyers’ district is closed this week for workouts, but players and coaches plan to return for strength and conditioning exercises next week.
Duprie said the team shut down the weight room recently, and has focused more on body weight exercises outside. The purpose is to keep the players separated to practice social distancing.
“If everything goes, well we plan to be back in the workroom soon,” Duprie said. “We want to make sure we keep the kids safe and healthy.”
Matt Janak is also ready for his senior year at St. Joseph.
Janak was part of last season's team that won a postseason game for the first time since 2009.
“I’m feeling good,” Janak said. “I’m a little out of shape, but I think we all are. It’s good to be back and I’m excited for this year.”
St. Joseph hopes to be in top shape when they begin the season Aug. 28 against former district opponent Houston Westbury Christian.
Garcia and his teammates are excited for the season.
“Seeing all the guys here has really brightened my mood,” Garcia said. “Just to have some sort of interaction, even with distancing, is great.”
“Once we get to football, my goal is just to keep the culture we’ve created of winning for the past two or three years,” Janak added. “I just want to keep that tradition of winning going, and show the younger kids what’s expected.”