It’s a new coach at his old school. Joe Rocconi returns to Collierville as head football coach after six years as head coach at White Station.
The Dragons host Southwind at 7 p.m. Friday in Collierville.
Rocconi graduated from Collierville in 1995.
Wide receiver/defensive back Scottie Alexander is excited about the season.
“Coach Rocconi is bringing back the old school tradition, swagger and confidence of Collierville football. The practices are more physical than last year and there is more urgency expected,” said Alexander, a junior.
“What excites me most about this season is we have a lot of new teammates and new talent along with coaches. It was an exciting summer during workouts. We will be more explosive this season and I can’t wait for us to show our Collierville Dragon pride, especially for our coach and our town.”
Rocconi has served as the head coach at White Station High School for the last six years, helping his team to multiple quarterfinal and semifinal state playoff appearances. During his tenure at White Station, more then 60 players have moved on to play at the college and professional level, including Oregon Ducks record-setting receiver and top NFL prospect Dillon Mitchell.
In 2016, Rocconi was selected to be head coach for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star game.
At Germantown, the Red Devils begin their season, also with a new coach, Tommy Ferrill, who was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Horn Lake last season. The Eagles won the Mississippi Class 6A state championship. Germantown hosts KIPP at 7 p.m. Friday.