Marchy, who begins his third season as head varsity football coach at Patterson in the fall, is already preparing for the upcoming campaign.
“Over the past three months we have been lifting weights during and after school to get stronger and faster, and we continue to do that during the summer,” Marchy said. “We are looking for the kids who are making a strong commitment to the team and the Patterson football family.”
The Tigers began their off-season training June 4. Workouts continued last week at Patterson Community Stadium, and players will have more opportunities throughout the months of June and July to polish their gridiron skills.
“It’s important to be at all the practices so that each coach and athlete believes in one another,” Marchy said. “When the time comes to compete during the season, that bond will be strong and we will compete and win as a family at all levels of play.”
New year, new leaders
The arrival of summer workouts also marks a transitional period for coaches and athletes alike.
The seniors who led Patterson to a 7-4 overall record and a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs are gone. Their prep football careers are complete, which means the leadership burden has shifted to the juniors.
Marchy said leadership is especially important during summer training sessions.
“We have a great group of student-athletes in the program that are going keep the program at the top, and continue to compete at a high level,” Marchy said. “Our coaches put our players through tough mental and physical drills that allow them to find success within themselves and each other.”
Last year, Patterson recorded its eighth consecutive winning campaign while reaching the playoffs for its 8th straight season.
Marchy, who has been part of Patterson’s varsity football coaching staff since 2005, will have to replace several starters, including three all-Western Athletic Conference honorees from the Class of 2013: Robert McDonnell, senior offensive lineman; Isaiah Tuefele, senior defensive lineman and Drake Vatuvei, senior linebacker.
Also graduating were two All-WAC second-teamers: senior quarterback Joey Lopes and senior linebacker Miles Jacks
The search for players to take on those roles has already begun, said Marchy.
“We have key leaders in Jessie Nuia (junior, offensive lineman) and Ruben Rosas (sophomore, linebacker) that have high expectations for our team and voice their leadership everyday for our players to push each other to get better,” Marchy said.
Busy off-season schedule
On Saturday, June 29 the Tigers will host a multi-team seven-on-seven passing tournament.
Schools, including Pacheco High of Los Banos, Livingston High, Orestimba High of Newman, Ripon High, Sierra High of Manteca, Manteca High and Turlock High will share the field at Patterson Community Stadium, rotating between offensive and defensive play.
Coaches use the opportunity to answer questions about their teams before the start of the season.
“We look on offense to see if the quarterbacks are making the right reads, and that the wide receivers are running good routes, and the timing is there,” Marchy said. “On defense, we look to see if our kids understand the coverages, and who can cover the best wide receivers on the other teams.”
The team will also host its 10th annual fundraiser golf tournament June 27 at Stockton’s Oakmoore Golf Course.
Attention turns to the future July 23 to 25, when the Tigers coaching staff will lead the annual youth football camp at Patterson Community Stadium.
The three-day camp is geared for youth football players who want to develop their game.
Last year, more than 90 children showed up to learn the ins and outs of football, raising roughly $1,700 for the Patterson High football program, Marchy said.
“It is a great time for the youth athletes to come out and learn from the high school coaches and players that lead the camp,” Marchy said.
Meanwhile, throughout the summer, players will train in the school’s weight room.
“With every day, I expect the athletes to get better physically and mentally,” Marchy said. “We preach a strong family value to keep the students together as one and create a championship bond like no other.”
For information about the youth camp or the golf tournament: Nick Marchy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or email@example.com.