REHOBETH, Ala (WDHN) — Coach Pate Harrison makes his return to the Alabama football scene as he comes in to coach the Rehobeth Rebels.
He takes over a team that had a great turnaround season last year going 7-3 after going winless in 2018.
The Coronavirus has been affecting the Rebels, much like every team, but for a first year coach in the program, Harrison has had to stick with what Rehobeth did in 2019.
“For us to be so far behind coming in it is almost better for us to stay as the status quo with what they’ve been doing. They had a lot of success last season on defense, just trying to build off that and keep that momentum going,” Harrison said.
The Rebels did have success on defense and that is what carried them to making the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
Harrison hopes though as the season progresses, his new team will pick up on what he wants to do on both sides of the ball.
Harrison has faith in his coaching ability, not just the Xs and Os but also the culture he tries to create in each program, this will be the key focus this season.
“Every where I have been, winning has taken care of itself, it has kind of been a byproduct of hard work and effort and being disciplined. That is what I am preaching right now,” Harrison said. “If we take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.”
Rehobeth opens their regular season with a home game against long time rival Ashford and then will take on Andalusia at home.
For Harrison and the Rebels, a successful season is just having a season, but expect big things in coach Harrison’s first year.