Posted at: 12/03/2012 12:00 AM
| Updated at: 12/05/2012 6:42 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
The Proctor Rails are under new leadership this season by a familiar face.
"It's exciting," said Steve Rodberg, Proctor head coach. "I was a 1998 grad here at Proctor so I always envisioned coming back here to make a difference for the program."
Rodberg took over the head coaching role after serving as assistant for the the past several years.
"I know all the players and the coaches are my buddies. We all played together here at proctor on the state tournament team," Rodberg said. "We really want to turn the program in the right direction."
Senior captain Jack Nikko says the transition has been smooth.
"It's been a lot of fun," Nikko said. "We've all known Roddy since we were in the younger leagues. We've gotten to be good friends with him so it's been fun."
This season is something of a fresh start for the Proctor Rails. In addition to their new coach, they have a new look to their locker room and jerseys. and a lot of new players.
"We're rebuilding from last year. We had a pretty good year," said Shane Gould, Proctor junior center. "We lost a lot of seniors, a lot of leaders. We have a lot of incoming freshmen to join the team and help us be successful."
The Rails are 1-1 so far. Captain Ty Rackliff has already seen some good things during those first couple of games.
"I like that we just go out there and work," Rackliff said. "We go out there and work hard. We just have to stay disciplined."
Moving forward, these guys all agreed they would like to see their team spend less time on the penalty kill.
"The first game we got quite a few penalties. That's gotta stop," said Brodie Nordquist. "We can't play the whole game shorthanded. It's pretty tough."
Rodberg says his coaching style incorporates skills already learned but with a different twist, which he hopes will help this young team grow
"We're excited about what's to come in the future and balancing out what we have now as well," Rodberg said. "These guys are excited and dedicated and willing to buy into what we're selling."
Equally important to Rodberg is for the Rails to work hard and have fun.