Marichalar Ready For New Challenge At Donna North

(CBS 4 Sports) - Joe Marichalar said that his exit at Edcouch-Elsa left a, "bitter taste" in his mouth. The former head coach of La Maquina Amarilla, was let go early in the off-season after finishing 5-5 and missing the postseason.

Marichalar said he looked at the openings around the valley including Edinburg North which remains open and while he open his search for his next stop to schools outside of the RGV, Marichalar said Donna North was at the top of his list.

"I see Donna North as a very good school in the Rio Grande Valley," Marichalar told CBS 4 Sports on Wednesday. "When I saw that it was open, I jumped at the opportunity."

On Tuesday night the Donna ISD school board voted in executive session to name Marichalar as the school's third head coach after Matthew Rockovich retired shortly after the season after just two seasons and three combined victories at the relatively new varsity program.

"Donna was the first to show interest and get me involved in the interview process and they liked what I represented and what I bring to the table and at the end of the day they gave me the opportunity," Marichalar said. "I am very thankful for Donna North."

Marichalar's tenure at Edcouch-Elsa began under controversial circumstances, but not of his doing. Before being named the head coach Edcouch-Elsa ISD removed Joe Solis as their head coach after 10 successful seasons, after he was alleged to have violated UIL rules for excessive practice time. Marichalar was the man tapped to replace him and led the 'Jackets to 36 wins in five seasons and four playoff appearances. Marichalar said he was thankful for the opportunity

"It happened for a reason," Marichalar said of his firing and his tenure in Elsa. "I became a better man and a more knowledgeable individual. I take it with me, we learn from it and we try to get better and that was it.

Marichalar is well aware of the challenge ahead and says he plans to meet with the student-athletes on Friday and ready to implement a new culture at Donna North, one that is going to competing in just its fifth varsity season in 2018.

The whole off-season is already planned out," Marichalar said. "At the top of the list is making sure we develop our core values. We got to give our kids something to believe in in the off-season something to shoot for on a daily basis. Something to fight for and believe in when they come in every single day to try to get better."

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