FALL PROGRAMS UNDER NEW DIRECTION
Four new coaches tackle football, tennis and volleyball.
September 24, 2019
(CAM MEDRANO / EYE OF THE TIGER)
FOOTBALL: Joe Cattolico
This season, the Roseville Tigers hit the turf with a new coach. Former coach Larry Cunha was replaced after being put on administrative leave at the end of last school year. He coached 26 years for the Tigers.
Coach Joe Cattolico has taken his place. Cattolico has racked up a total of 20 years of coaching, beginning in his hometown, San Jose. Eight years later he made the move to Pleasant Grove High School and stayed there for nine years. When he transferred to Sheldon High School, his team went 27-9 over the three years he was there.
Cattolico has won a total of eight league championships in his coaching career. At Pleasant Grove, he won four league titles and a Sac-Jaquin Section Division I championship. His 2011 Pleasant Grove team was the last team to beat Folsom High School in a league contest.
Cattolico’s father, Butch Cattolico, coached a total of 41 years at Los Gatos high school, and was head coach for 26 of those years. His father will be joining him on the coaching staff for this season as an assistant coach.
Cattolico stepped down as the head coach at Sheldon High School, later deciding to move his family up to the Roseville area.
According to Cattolico, this decision was made because he thought Roseville would be the best place to raise his kids.
“We made a decision to move out here for really, our kids,” Cattolico said. “We thought moving out here would be a positive for them, and be something to help them grow and develop in a great environment.”
Last season, the Tigers had an overall record of 3-7. Cattolico has a goal to improve the on field performance, but most importantly to have a positive impact on his players.
“We do the best we can to raise young men of character who are going to go on and be successful as adults,” Cattolico said. “I feel super honored to be able to share the love of football with my family.”
Senior player Tomas Robles enjoys Cattolico’s coaching style and believes he is helping improve his level of play.
“Coach Cattolico, he’s a great guy, great coach. Knows a ton about football- very smart man,” Robles said. “He has changed everything on our offense, our defense, our everything. We are just stepping it up now . It’s a whole new game we are playing.”
Likewise senior linebacker Tyler Rohwer believes that Cattolico has been great for team morale.
“Everyone is more bought in this year, and wants to be better this year and be great,” Rohwer said. “He has made us confident enough that we are going to be great.”
According to Cattolico, constant improvement is a big part of his philosophy.
“We really rely on daily improvement… getting better as a football player and better in life as a person,” Cattolico said. “We feel that this philosophy can transfer over to their daily life and into their future as adults.”
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TENNIS: Josh Errecart & Melissa Stevens
This school year, Roseville PE teachers Josh Errecart and Melissa Stevens have stepped up and began coaching the varsity girls tennis team.
Errecart had previously served as the varsity girls basketball coach and helped with boys basketball and track and field programs.
After last season, the team’s prior coach, Shamilla Tooker, stepped down. Last season, Tooker helped guide many players to continue onto CVC playoffs.
This season, Errecart and Stevens have attempted to continue where Tooker left off. So far the girls tennis team has started off league with a record of 3-1, featuring wins over River Valley, Antelope, and Yuba City. The team’s sole league loss came at the hands of the Woodcreek Timberwolves.
After departing from his position as the varsity girls head basketball coach, Errecart saw the opportunity to continue his passion coaching.
“Coaching tennis kind of fell in [our laps],” Erracart said. “I stopped coaching basketball. Then the tennis jobs opened up. Being PE teachers, we have experience coaching and teaching a lot of those movements and those kinds of sports.”
Both said that they have enjoyed coaching together and the bond with the girls.
Beyond coaching together, Errecart and Stevens further strengthened their relationship.
During the Labor Day weekend, the two went hiking with friends in Yosemite National Park.
While there, Errecart had a special surprise planned.
“We’d start hiking, she’d find a picture every 10-15 minutes and by the time we got to the top she had 14 that spelt out ‘Will you marry me?”
She said yes and the two are set to marry on April 4, 2020.
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VOLLEYBALL: Kelly Hart
This year, Roseville High School has hired new varsity volleyball coach Kelly Hart. Hart was hired after last year’s head coach Travis Vincenzini stepped down. Vincenzini led his team to a 14-12 record and a trip to the playoffs, where they lost in the first round to the Whitney Wildcats.
Prior to Hart coming to Roseville, she coached JV volleyball at Lincoln High School for five years and coached club volleyball from ages 12-16.
The girls volleyball team will play 25 games this year, including out of town tournaments in Reno, Nevada and Davis, California. Hart believes the team will be successful due to all the games the team will have this year.
“We’re going to have a great season,” Hart said. “We have a lot of volleyball to play, lots of matches and the girls are going to get a ton of games to play.”
When Hart made the move to Roseville she brought her husband to join the coaching staff as well. According to Hart she brought her husband along with her due to his experiences as a coach and to better the girls.
“I brought over a veteran coach,” Hart said. “He will help the girls with dynamics and many different plays and drills as well.”
Hart’s husband, Keith Hart, believes the group of girls have a lot of talent and will have a great season.
“We have a great group of girls with a lot of talent. I think with the girls we have we will have a very successful season,” Keith said.