Roggeman era begins for Memorial football

Monday marked the start of high school football practice in Indiana.

It was an exciting, yet nerve racking time at Elkhart Memorial where a new man is in charge.

53-year-old Bill Roggeman takes over the Charger program from Kevin Downey, who surprisingly retired in May. Roggeman has been an the job a whopping six weeks and has less than three weeks to get ready for the season opener against Elkhart Central in the Battle for the Mangy Lion.

Roggeman admits he doesn't have all his kids names down, but most of them--he says with a laugh.

Roggeman is a former Memorial assistant serving under Phil Teegarden from 2007-2009. He hasn't coached anywhere the last two years. He's been itching to get back.

"It's been nerve racking and a crazy summer getting everyone up to speed," Roggeman said just 20 minutes into his first practice as the Memorial head coach. "The kids have been receptive and great about the whole thing."

Roggeman says Downey left things in good shape and has built a solid foundation as the new regime takes over.

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