(Rosemead) - “Championships aren’t won in November and December, they’re won now!” First year Rosemead Coach Marc Paramo barked at his team while running them through a late Wednesday workout. While getting in some physical drills Paramo made sure they got plenty of verbal motivation as well.
The Panthers are getting an early start in the upcoming football season after finishing .500 last year and out of the playoffs. Since last November Matt Koffler stepped down and Paramo, formerly the DC, took over as HC. Paramo has Rosemead on the field every Wednesday late afternoon/evening.
“I used to look forward to Fridays. Now I look forward to Wednesdays!,” Paramo continued. “This is the earliest we’ve ever started gentlemen and it’s going to pay off.”
Rosemead went 2-3 in the MVL including a two point loss to South El Monte in the regular season finale that officially knocked the Panthers out of the post season.
“The last time you guys wore a helmet the score was 33-31 and you guys lost. They went on and played and you never played again. 33-31! Remember that score!”
Rosemead also sufferred losses to El Monte 20-13 and Arroyo 28-21 to find itself on the outside looking in and so April was as good as anytime to get started.
“I don’t give a damn if it’s not spring. Let’s work!…You guys had the talent to be an eight win team last year and you were 5-5. Not acceptable!”
Even as the players jumped to their feet after stretching, Paramo some room for improvement.
“That’s not good enough. Now get back down and let’s do it again! C’mon, C’mon, you got to believe!”
Paramo made it clear to his troops that last year was an aberration.
“This is not a rebuilding year. We are here to win now. We might be young, but we’re going to be smart. We might be young but we’re going to compete. We might be young, but you know we’re going to be physical.”
And so it went as late afternoon began to turn to evening. A full coaching staff manning four different stations and the Rosemead Panthers dilligently working through them all. And eventually, as Paramo stated earlier, he saw it beginning to pay off…in the first week of April.
“That’s it, now you getting it. That’s the way to do it. Good job!”