VINCENZO COX VIEWS HIS TEAM JUST LIKE HOW A CAR COMPANY EVALUATES ITS TOP-SELLING MODEL.
The car design is ahead of its time, it’s winning multiple national awards and everyone wants it. While all that is going on, in the back of their minds, the company is already working on and improving its next model.
Cox is working on his next model of Alief Elsik boy’s soccer.
“You want to be that car of the year,” Cox, the head coach of the 2018 Class 6A Boys State Soccer Champions, said. “To do that you have to enjoy what’s going on the outside of the car but you still have to make sure that the car is the finished product. So, you have to constantly watch and improve.”
Elsik is entering unchartered waters in 2019 – playing as defending state and national champions.
But no one is or wanting to talk about last year.
“What happened last year was last year,” Elsik junior Andrei Aguirre said. “Now it’s our turn for us to make our own chapter, write our own story.”
“This is a new team,” Elsik junior Mayno Linares added. “It starts all over again.”
With a solid class of juniors returning, including Aguirre, Linares, Edgar Renteria and Danford Ndabah, the trap of talking of repeat or the starting of a dynasty could be easy to fall into. Not for Cox and company.
“There’s temptation to think that,” Cox said. “I’m almost afraid to indulge in that. Whenever you look at great teams that have gone down, whenever they get comfortable, that’s where the beginning to the end starts.
“I don’t want any parts of that.”
The offseason for Elsik has been full of accolades and talks of the 2018 title run. It was hard to get away from.
In December, the final piece to close the book on last season was presented to the Rams in the form of their state championship ring. In an extravagant presentation – including Houston Mayor Sylvester
Turner presenting the rings to the players and coaches – the final celebration had taken place.
The ring brought closure to last season, Cox said and they can now fully focus on 2019.
“We can still improve. That’s what will keep me from sitting on it,” he said. “I see improvement that we need every day.”
For the players, getting to the mountaintop and all that comes with it has fueled them to be even better this season.
“It’s the drive to win more,” Renteria said. “This is not enough, we want more. Coach has told us since day one last year is last year. We leave that behind.”
This article appears in the January 2019 Issue of VYPE Magazine. Pick up your copy at any one of our locations today!