Dunbar looking for bounce-back season with Coach Johnson
Wes Johnson has a proven track record. As the head coach at West Jessamine he led the Colts to a 27-21 record - the most wins by any coach in school history - and qualified for the postseason in three of his five years. Now, he looks to rebuild as the head coach at Dunbar.
Alex Bard remembers his excitement when he first heard the coach at an assembly. "Everybody loves coach Johnson. When he first came, I was so excited. I remember the hype that he brought to the auditorium, I mean, words can't describe it. It got me hyped automatically for the season."
As a former Dunbar assistant coach, Johnson knew what he was stepping into.
Nate Thomas breaks down the Bulldog's season, "Last year everybody knows we went 0-10. But this year with Coach Johnson, this year we're on the up, and there's nowhere to go but up for real."
Dunbar has gone through nine head coaches since 2000 – but the players can tell a difference this time. Thomas continues, "I think we're coached a whole lot better. We're a whole lot more organized than last year. Coach Johnson has disciplined and everybody is showing up. We're just a lot more organized and last year doing things we weren't doing."
For head coach Wes Johnson it's all about building relationships with his players. He says, "You have to establish the fact that it's going to be different. It was really one of those things where you are coming in and you have nothing to show them. You say trust me, you just got to do what I say and believe it'll be all right."
The players have all bought into the game plan, and with a triple-option offense, they are looking to break through this season.
Running back Alex Bard talks about excitement for this season. "My sophomore year I had a big breakout year. I was expecting to do the same thing for my junior year but things didn't go as planned. We're looking for a bounce-back season. Dunbar is always been like the hype team to have a better year but we always have a slouch year so we're hoping to bounce back this year."