New Coach Ushers in New Era at Davis
YAKIMA, Wash. - Davis' new head football coach Rick Clark wants nothing to do with the school's gridiron history. The Pirates come off back-to-back winless seasons. They have one win in the last four years and haven't had a winning season in more than 30 years.
But Clark doesn't want to hear about the losing culture. He says first the players need to change their old mindset.
"The mindset was we weren't very good. We're not going to get any better... So who cares."
Now, if players don't care they won't suit up. Clark has implemented a no-nonsense approach. If players show up late or miss workouts, the coach has them do bear crawls around the practice field. Dropped passes mean pushups. Clark says he wants to instill a sense of accountability among the players.
"They start to get it when you hold them accountable, and then they start to gel and bond."
Early in preseason, the players are buying the tough love approach. "When they blow the whistle, everyone starts moving," says QB Rafe Wright "Last year that wasn't there."
"He brings a lot of discipline, intensity, and organization," says junior Carrington Bell of his new head coach. "This season is going to be different."
Clark says he won't gauge the success of Davis football by wins and losses in year one, but instead he wants to see the attitude and perception of the school change.
"When it's over, you'll feel it when they get it, and hopefully where the community has a completely different feel for Davis football and Davis HS."
Davis opens the season on September 1st against Hanford.