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BOYCEVILE — The Boycceille Bulldogs will see a coaching change for the 2019 football season as Michael Roemhild, who previously served as an assistant coach before taking time off from gridiron duties the past two seasons, steps into the head coaching position.
“I have always wanted to be head football coach,” Roemhild explained. “I was an assistant for eight years before I decided to step down.”
Coach Roemhild is excited to begin his coaching duties for Boyceville after his absence from the game due to his father’s sudden passing.
Roemhild is a former quarterback for Boyceville and coached for eight years.
He started out learning the defense aspect of the game from Coach Nick Kaiser, but he was always an offensive-minded person.
“After watching and learning for four years, I took over calling the defense,” stated Roemhild. “My brother Brian was also the head coach for those eight years. I saw all the time he put it preparing for practices like they were games.”
Roemhild knows that with any new coach there will be changes, be it philosophy, discipline and structure, treating every game like any other.
He knows this will be a tough season for the Bulldogs as they went winless last season and had two wins before that, he said, hoping that if the players see his dedication to the team and know he is fully invested, that the team will be as well.
“I can cheer, yell, give great pep talks, but it doesn’t mean anything unless the kids believe in themselves,” Roemhild explained. “I think you are going to see a different Bulldog team than what you have the past two years. I’m excited and I know the players are too.”
His hopes for the 2019 season is to get back to the basics and to be competitive in every game no matter who the Bulldogs face.
Comparing sports is a tough thing to do for the new head coach, but he knows it will take the players buying into what he is teaching them along with hard work.
“I want the success we had in baseball to carry over into football,” stated Reomhild, who also serves as the Bulldogs’ head baseball coach. “We are the sport that starts the school year off. I am hoping that the success we have in football will carry over to our winter sports as well.”
With success during the season, it will set up for a great year in sports, Roemhild explained, also stating that the school has great support for their athletes, from the community and they look forward to bringing excitement back to Friday nights.
“We have the coaching staff in place,” he stated. “We are getting more guys out for football, now it is up to the players. How bad do they want to be the change?”
Boyceville will begin their season with an away game on Friday, August 23, against Independence/Gilmanton and will welcome Clear Lake and Glenwood City to the gridiron on August 30 and September 6.