HAYS, Kansas -

On the final day of the Hays High elementary school football camp, Indians first year head coach Bo Black barely has a second to slow down. And it’s been that way since he officially started on the job June 1. While Black is teaching the elementary school students football fundamentals on one side of the field, his high school team is on another part of the field, working on conditioning.

“It’s been really good. We’ve had our little kids through and our high school kids started off right at the beginning of June,” said Black who takes over at Hays after 12 seasons at rivals Great Bend. “Obviously coming out every day trying to find something to get better at and when it’s new to everybody it’s been fun and exciting.”

Black says the transition to Hays been smooth so far and he likes the energy of his new team.

“Our kids are great kids,” he said. “They are intelligent and smart and giving great effort and they are athletic. So we think some special things are in store. It’s exciting just to be a part of all that.”

Coach Black says this summer will be an important time for his team, because obviously with a new coaching staff there comes some new wrinkles. He says the Indians seem to be picking up the new offense and defense quickly.

“It’s really important when you are trying to install a whole new offense and some new philosophies,” said Black. “Our kids have bought in really well to it and it’s tied in really good to this point.”

The Indians were 6-3 in 2013 and return a good nucleus that includes senior QB and Kansas State commit Alex Delton.

Hays will make the move down from Class 5A to 4A Division I this fall.