Knock said, "When I saw Todd got the job, I was happy. He's a real good coach and he knows his stuff. He is going to have his kids prepared and he is a real good guy overall."
"When I first came here and started coaching with all the coaches who coached me in high school, it was a little bit of a transition period. You looked at them as coaches and now you're a colleague. It is different."
Rothermel joked this week. "It makes me feel old."
He said, "Rodney is a very serious young man, he always was serious, and I'm proud of him that he got into coaching. We need good coaches to mold our kids of today. I think it's great that he's down there."
He had nothing but praise for the Eagles' staff, many of whom he either coached as players or coached with on the staff. Among his former Eagle players are current staff members Ryan Feger, Brian Wetzel and Bryan Martz.
He said the thing he loved about coaching at his alma mater was the stability of the staff.
"We always had a group of guys who understood what needed to be done. Generally when they met to plan for games, there were not any questions when they were leaving the meeting because they had all done it for all those years," he said.
n Assistant sports editor Harold Raker covers high school football for The Daily Item. Email comments to email@example.com.