Billy Bundy sees the glass as half full.

The new Thornwood football coach is taking over a program which has not made the IHSA playoffs since 2001 and is 19-71 in the last 10 years.

"This is a dream job," Bundy said. "I wanted to be a head coach at a big school and this is a great opportunity.

Bundy had been the head football coach at University of Chicago Woodlawn Charter in 2009 and 2010, starting the program from scratch. He was 4-14 in two seasons before becoming a freshman coach at Thornwood in 2011.

The Portland, Ore. native succeeds Will Milhouse, whose contract was not renewed in May. Thornwood was 3-6 last year after going 5-4 in 2011 and just missing the playoffs.

"Will did a great job of changing the culture and getting the kids to believe in to believe," Bundy said. "My job is to get us to that next level.

"We have to go from going into a game hoping we can win to expecting to win."

Bundy has been running the summer conditioning since school was out and said the team has put in the time.

"You should have seen them today (Monday) in the weight room," Bundy said. "They are enthusiastic and they want to change the culture here."

He said he has plans to take the team to the University of Illinois- Washington football game at Soldier Field on Sept. 14 and to a Robert Morris University game.

"We just want the kids to see what the next level is like," Bundy said. "Especially going to a Robert Morris game. Raheem Gardner (Thornwood grad) plays for Robert Morris and for our kids, they can see that it is possible for them to play at the next level."

Jim is a sports writer for The Times who works out of Valparaiso. A South Central High School (1984) and Ball State ('89) grad, he’s covered preps most of his career. He received the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Media Award in 1997.