2016 New Rochelle Huguenots
Coach — Jarohan Garcia
Third year as head coach
What was your final record last season and where did you finish in the playoffs? Our record last year was 7-7-3 and we lost in the first round of the Class AA playoffs to a hard working and determined Yorktown team.
Who are your key returning players? Omar Tejeda (M/F), Cristian Valencia (M/F), Cristian Torres (D/M), Leonardo Vargas (D), Ethan Manly (M), Marcos Garcia (D/F) and Stevenson Dieudonne (M/F). All these seniors will be relied on heavily as they bring the last two year’s experiences to this year’s squad.
Who are the key players that you lost to graduation? Luca Sanna, Rodolfo Gil, Santiago Soto and Misael Jimenez. These players were big contributors to our program for the last two years, so filling their shoes will be tough, but I’m sure this year’s group is up to the challenge.
Did you gain or lose any players from the U.S. Academy system? This year we did not, but last year we gained two players who are ready to contribute this year at the varsity level, juniors Felipe Tobon and David Lopez.
Who is the most skilled offensive player on your team? Omar Tejeda (M/F) and Cristian Valencia (M/F) will be looked upon to lead the team on offense. These two players are dynamic, hard-working and can finish anywhere near the 18-yard box.
The best defender? With three out of four starters coming back and the addition of Felipe Tobon (junior, ex-academy player), we will be looking to Leonardo Vargas and Cristian Torres to lead our defense. We are also very excited about the young talent that is ready to contribute.
The fastest? This is probably one of our biggest assets coming into the season. We have quickness on both flanks and players who are not afraid to show it! Preseason will be a time to set the record straight.
The biggest hustler? Hard work is something this group of young men really takes pride in and this offseason is proof of it. This offseason the hard work has been relentless and workouts have been intense! Our core of seniors will be instrumental in this facet of the game and we will look for Ethan Manly to set the tone.
What do you consider to be your team’s biggest challenges for the season? Staying as injury free as possible. Last year we were hit really hard by the injury bug, so we are looking for this year to stay healthy and maximize on this group’s deep talent.
What would you like your team identity or motto to be? I’m not sure about the identity or motto, but for the last two years we have been using the approach of building all-around successful young men. This is an ever ongoing process and we will look to add another layer of success to it.
Up next: Tappan Zee
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