The Montesano High School boys basketball team has high goals this season.
Senior Kenny Roy doesn’t just have his sights set on rival Elma or the team that ended the Bulldogs’ season last year — La Center.
“I want to beat everyone,” Roy said. “I want to set a standard for where we want to get in this program.”
This year’s Bulldogs may be ready to set a precedent for future Montesano boys teams, but the road will not be without a few obstacles, including a new coach and a new offensive system as well.
Doug Galloway will take over as coach for Montesano this season. Galloway was the coach of the boys basketball team at his alma mater, Capital in Olympia, from 2001 through 2012 when he was relieved of his duties. He spent last year away from basketball, but he is eager to get back on the bench with Montesano.
“I’m very excited to be here in Montesano and back to coaching and doing something. I love and try to have a successful situation down here,” Galloway said. “I think we are going to have a good season. It is going to be a fun season and we will see where the wins and losses take us.”
Along with Galloway’s excitement, he brings a set offense that differs from the read and react system of former Bulldog coach Doug Schupbach. The players have learned new terminology and a different style of coaching in addition to the offensive system through the first few days of practice
“I think it is definitely a work in progress and the longer we practice the better we will get so hopefully we are peaking at the right time,” Galloway said. “There is just a lot to put in in the 10 days before you have your first game. We just want to make sure we put a good quality product on the floor.”
While the goal for the Bulldogs is to earn some hardware from the state tournament, Galloway said Montesano will have many successes along the way.
“We talked to the kids about it is a success road rather than a road to success and you are going to have a lot of successes as you go along,” Galloway said. “I measure success in a lot of different ways, how we are getting better, are we accomplishing goals, are we holding people under 50 points, are we out rebounding people, are we turning the ball over less than 15 times a game. If we work on those little successes we are going to hope it turns into those other successes.”
Montesano began their road on Monday with a 64-40 victory against South Bend.
For senior Kody Usher, he hopes the road filled with successes will lead to a state championship.
“Our goals are high,” Usher said. “We definitely want to farther than this program has been before.”