A genuine game plan
The Charlotte Trojans will have a new leader on the football field for the upcoming football season. With a lack of stability in recent years, new head coach Jerry Dominguez is hoping his genuine and family approach to Charlotte football will result in a recipe for success.
38-year old Coach Jerry Dominguez is no stranger to South Texas, or even the brush country for that matter. Dominguez is coming to Charlotte from his latest stint in Alpine.
Dominguez is a Hondo native, where he played a number of sports including one of his loves, baseball. Dominguez was quite the pitcher for the Owls, which landed him a spot on the Tarelton State University baseball team after graduating from Hondo in 1992. He played for the Texans for two years, before transferring to Sul Ross State University where he continued his career on the mound for the final two years in college. While playing at Sul Ross, the Lobos won the Conference Title in 1996. He graduated from S.R. in 1999 with a Bachelor in Kinesiology.
His first job took him to deep South Texas, where he got his first job as a Jr. High teacher/coach in Presidio. Other teaching jobs/coaching included: Pearsall, Los Fresnos, Santa Rosa, a second stint at Pearsall and Alpine.
“My first varsity level job was at Los Fresnos where I coached for three years as a secondary coach. I went to Santa Rosa from there where I was hired as the Defensive Coordinator before being hired in Pearsall as the defensive coordinator,” stated Coach Jerry Dominguez.
While in Pearsall, the Maverick coaching staff had three successful seasons where they made plenty of noise from 2007-2010 beating the likes of Hondo and Devine during the years where he was the DC.
Following Pearsall, Dominguez accepted the defensive coordinator position in Alpine where they are coming off a 7-3 playoff season.
Coach Dominguez was asked why he chose to come to Charlotte and he had the following to say.
“First of all, Charlotte is giving me an opportunity to become a head coach. I am really excited about this opportunity. A lot of guys in 4A-5A schools use 1A and 2A schools as stepping stones. My thing is, my kids are getting older in school and I want to settle down for a while with my family. I have seen this town and I know what I am getting into. I am ready for the challenge,” stated Coach Dominguez.
One thing that was no secret to Dominguez is he is the fourth head coach in four years to enter the Charlotte Football program. Dominguez was questioned on how he can convince athletes that he is not going to be another one and done.
“When I was in Pearsall, they were known for much of the same. The bottom line is I use a family approach to reach these kids. I want them to know I am a genuine guy who is not going to shoot around the truth. I love to be active with my athletes and let them know I care. I want them to know that not only being a good athlete is important, but having good character off of the field and in the classroom is very important also,” stated Dominguez.
According to Dominguez, don’t be surprised if you show up to a Charlotte 2-a-day workout and you might see him lifting weights with the kids or even running dashes.
“I am going to get down at our athletes level. I don’t want to just encourage and demand that our athletes work hard, but I want to work hard with them. I know at first these athletes might be timid and might be worried of being let down again. I do not want to be a one and done. Once the kids see what I am about, I am confident they will buy in to my program,” Dominguez added.
As the summer nears the second half, Charlotte twoa days will be here before you know it.
“Coach Vowell has told me that numbers are up and looking good. To have 40+ kids out is going to be a good number for us. From talking to other coaches and people in the town, these kids are hungry for something. They want to be successful and want to be led down the right road. The bar will be raised and they will be pushed. I am looking forward to Trojan Football and appreciate the opportunity,” Coach Jerry Dominguez stated in closing.
Coach Dominguez brings with him his wife Monica who will also teach at Charlotte Jr. High as well as four children- Jacob-10 years old, Jeremy-8 years old, Hope-5 years old and Gabby 3-years old. Dominguez states his children will also attend Charlotte I.S.D.
“We finally have someone that is going to grow roots in not only the football program, but the community. Coach Jerry and his wife will be fine additions to Charlotte I.S.D. She is a great teacher and was a huge bonus when hiring Dominguez,” stated Charlotte Athletic Director Shawn Vowell.