Meridian Star


May 22, 2013

Roy takes over as football head coach at Clarkdale

MERIDIAN — After nine years serving as an assistant on the Clarkdale football coaching staff, Wes Roy proudly considers himself a Bulldog. The coach has not only grown to love the team and its players, but also the Clarkdale community itself.

So, when Roy was offered the head coaching job at Clarkdale following former head coach Chris Richmond's departure to Neshoba Central last week, the opportunity was a dream come true.

“Over the years, I have grown to really love the school and the kids here,” Roy said. “I'm really attached to this school, and I'm just excited to get this opportunity.”

Roy moved to Meridian when he turned 18 years old and is a graduate of Meridian Community College and the Mississippi State University Meridian campus. After graduating college, Roy took a job with Clarkdale and has been an assistant coach on the football team ever since. Now, entering his first ever head coaching job, Roy hopes his familiarity with the program will help turn around a Bulldogs team that has just one win in the last two seasons.

“I think the consistency with the coaching staff is going to help,” Roy said. “We just need to get in there and work. There is no magic recipe for it. We have good kids; they are easy to be around, and we just need to get out there and get to work.”

Roy said he is excited to continue working with Clarkdale assistant coach Joey Etheridge and thinks having a coaching staff that knows its players will allow the team to grow together and improve.

The new head coach spoke with members of the Clarkdale football team last week, stressing to his players that the climb from a winless season in 2012 will require plenty of work and dedication in the off season.

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