East Palestine, OH- The stresses and expectations of being a head coach at any school are expected by those who answer the call. Those pressures are often increased when the head coach is returning to the school they graduated from. St. John’s Alvin Rodriguez, a 2004 St. John graduate, returns for his third year as the Heralds skipper. After a successful 2022 season that included a 10-10 record and sectional championship he is looking to build and continue the success at Ashtabula county’s smallest school.

With a nice mix of youth and experience the Heralds will try to advance further into the OHSAA tournament than last year after their season ended with a loss to Bristol. The Heralds also have the new challenge of chasing after a conference title as they become the newest member of the NAC. Increased numbers in participation have Rodriguez excited about the 2023 season with 18 players on the roster this year being a huge jump from the 11 that suited up for the 2022 season.