‘Attitude, Effort And Commitment’: Coach Valle’s Three Pillars To Success


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From day one, Immaculata La-Salle head football coach Helder Valle has instilled a culture that urges his players to focus on doing the little things right.

Although his team couldn’t close out on a victory in Week 1, he believes that they learned a lot about what it takes to win. In doing so, ILS responded with a high-scoring victory over Westminster Academy last Friday. As the season continues, Valle wants his team to control the controllable as they look to move to over .500.

“The three things I ask for are attitude, effort and commitment,” Valle said. “I tell them that if they provide those three things every single day, then we’ll be successful.”

Over the past few months, COVID-19 has brought upon plenty of challenges that left the state of the 2020 season up for grabs and ultimately shortened it to seven games. And Valle wants to make sure that these next six weeks are not taken for granted.

“My job as a coach is to make sure those three things are our pillars and that the foundation of our program is up to standard and up to par,” Valle added. “From there, I’ll never call their attention if those three things are in order and they have the right mindset and mental disposition of getting better. It’s something that we pride ourselves in.”

The three pillars were in effect last week, as sophomore Preston Landry filled in for injured starting quarterback Daniel Reboso Jr and threw for nearly 100 yards and a touchdown. Transfer Jarrod Carr and junior Jude Servius totaled 343 rushing yards and four touchdowns, easily the difference-maker in ILS’ Week 2 success. On the defensive end, sophomore Demetrius Johnson picked his second interception of the season, returning it for 14 yards.

La Salle totaled 416 yards, much more significant than that of Westminster (275).

As this group of 47 players continues growing chemistry and an overall feel for each other, it’ll only make them better than ever before.

That’ll be vital heading into Friday, as the Lions look to capture a victory against Mater Academy (0-0) in their home-opener.