“As far as I can tell, the players are excited about it,” Roy said. “I told them when I talked with them, we are just going to keep things going.
“I told the kids the first time we met, our short-term goal is to just be competitive. We have got to be competitive again before we can even start talking about long-term goals. We need to be in ball games and playing close with people, that's the short-term goal.”
One advantage Roy said he has going for him is the support the Clarkdale community has shown to its football team. Despite the team's recent trying seasons, Bulldog supporters have packed the stadium on Friday nights. Roy said that support will only help to further the confidence of his players and help them improve next year.
“It's huge for the kids to come out of the field house and see a crowd,” Roy said. “Ever since I've been here, our crowd comes. We haven't had a ton of success, but they still come. I would love to see that support continue, not just for me but for the kids.”
A self-described high-emotion coach, Roy said he wears his passion on his sleeves during games. He hopes that that intensity will seep down to his players, as he looks to create a new mentality at Clarkdale and bring back the pride in being a Bulldog.
“I love this school,” Roy said. “It's the only school I've ever been at. I consider myself a Clarkdale Bulldog.”