ROCKFORD (WREX) — Rockford Lutheran has a new man in charge of its football program this year. Tony Ambrogio left Jefferson to take over the Crusaders, as he tries to get the program back into contention in the Big Northern Conference.
“Building the foundation of a program that’s going to have some longevity here in the Big Northern,” Ambrogio said. “That’s what success would look like.”
Ambrogio wants to create a culture of winning, and set the tone for what he expects from all of his players.
“If we can get on a winning track, we can teach the younger kids early of what we expect of them,” he said.
One of the key players coming back this year is Tiger Brown. He does a little bit of everything offensively and defensively, and is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball. Brown likes what he’s seen out of Ambrogio during the summer workouts and first week of practice.
“Just his philosophies,” Brown said. “He seems like the type of coach that has a ‘we are one’ type of setting. I feel like as a team that’s what you need to get the gears going and to get everything changed in the right direction.”
Rockford Lutheran opens the 2019 season with a road test at Oregon.