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Joe Rios Hoping to End Badgers’ Drought


Photo: Joe Rios will take over as head coach of the Badgers

Joe Rios will take over as head coach of the Badgers

George Luna announced Wednesday that he would be stepping down as the Bishop Badgers' head football coach, to focus on his job as the school's athletic director.  His record as head football coach was 9-41.  Luna made sure to line up his replacement before vacating the position.

Luna was in talks with Joe Rios, now former Head Football Coach at Hebbronville, months prior to his decision to step down as head coach. Luna first approached Rios about an assistant coaching job, but the offer soon became the head coaching position, Rios said.

Rios said Bishop is the perfect place to be as a head coach because of its "outstanding community," great administration and hardworking kids. "Combine all of that and I can't see how you can't be successful," Rios said.

Rios brings an overall record of 47-56, including his 15-8 record during his last two years at Hebbronville. But perhaps the most important thing Rios will bring to Bishop is his experience and knowledge of what it take to shape a successful team.

"I learned that the weight room was really big," Rios said. "If the kids are in good shape and are strong they can win in several sports."

The new head coach will put a big emphasis on developing his players. Preventing injuries and staying on top of all the students' grades will be important factors that makes for an outstanding team, he said.

His biggest goal however, is to end the Badgers' 16 game losing streak.

"Ending that losing streak will make them believe they can win," Rios said. "I want them to learn football skills and life skills, so they can be accountable, be team players and be dependable. Those are the kinds of skills they will need after graduation and that's what I always try to teach."

Alexandria Rodriguez