Rick Rice obviously faces numerous hurdles as the first head football coach at Rockvale High School.
For starters, he doesn't even know who his players are, but the Rockets will begin to familiarize themselves with each other when the team starts summer workouts this week.
"I think the first thing is just getting to know our kids," said Rice, who spent almost two decades at Wayne County. "We need to get to know them and find out exactly what position they can play. To me, that's our biggest hurdle right now.
"Another is from a facility standpoint. We can't practice at Rockvale High yet, but thanks to the good people at Central Magnet we have a great place to practice. They have been wonderful to us. I'm just glad we have a place to go right now."
Rice said he'll had six practices from 7 a.m.-noon beginning this week and will go to a more normal routine from 7-9:30 a.m. afterward.
"We'll find out Monday. We weren't able to have a spring practice, which was disappointing. It wasn't necessarily not being in pads, but to see their agility and quickness would have been nice.
"We've got a lot of ground to make up, and it's been trying times, but it's a process I've really enjoyed. The first six days we want them to learn about the culture we're going to have at Rockvale. It's an exciting time right now and I'm sure the kids are ready to get going. We've got to hit the ground running, installing our offense, defense and special teams."
Rice has won more than 200 games in his career, including 176 at Wayne County where he went to the playoffs 18 straight years and won a state title in 2011.
Rockvale will open its doors in August. The Rockets will compete in the same district as Oakland, Blackman, Riverdale, Siegel, Warren County and Coffee County.
2019 Rockvale Schedule
8/23: at La Vergne
8/30: Franklin County
9/6: at Warren County
9/20: at Riverdale
9/27: at Oakland
10/11: at Coffee County
10/25: at Cookeville