TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Head coach Billy Blundell says, “With the way last year went, hopefully this is much different, but we will be prepared for anything that comes our way.”
Billy Blundell has certainly paid his football dues. The former Patriots quarterback and assistant has waited a long time for his first head coaching gig.
Blundell says, “It’s incredibly exciting. I am grateful for the opportunity. I’ve literally spent half of my life on this field in some fashion whether it being a player or a coach and it’s just a lot of fun and extremely exciting to be able to be the head guy and to put my own spin on things and see what I can do with the program.”
After seventeen years combined as either a player or a coach, he’s anxious to put his own spin on a prideful Patriot program.
Senior Griffin Klingerman says, “I’m a little biased because Coach Blundell has been my coach since third grade so I’ve known him for a long time and he is a great coach. A great person. He brings the juice every day. He gets all of us hype and he knows what he is doing so I am very glad that I am playing under Coach Blundell.”
Blundell says, “I wanna bring some excitement. I’m a Rah, Rah guy and these kids I kind of just joke with them I’m kind of a maniac. I want to bring that infectious enthusiasm so they can get fired up and grow to love the game that I came to love so many years ago and create so many positive relationships and hopefully give them the opportunity to build something special and have great memories that they can carry with them throughout their adulthood.”
It’s a season that many of us are hoping will feel like normal for everyone, including this first year head coach.
Blundell says, “These kids deserve it. They have been through a lot this past year with the messed up season last year, our school year being messed up so they deserve us being back to normal. Hopefully, that’s going to be the case. We need the fans here on Friday night because they deserve it and I’m excited to see them play in front of our community.”