"He'll put you in your place that's for sure," senior running back Kenny Stewart said.
"He is a great overall coach and role model," added Loudin.
There isn't any quit in Lemley, which is good because the last several years have seen some difficult times for the Dots. The last time Poca had a winning season was 2006. Since then, the program is a combined 20-41.
"There is a lot of life in football," Lemley said. "If kids can make it through the season and not quit - you can't quit all the time; you've got to get up and keep going. I think that is what high school football is all about."
The size of Lemley's roster nearly doubled to 40 this season. There are plenty of new faces around the locker room, including newcomer Justin Stewart, who will take over quarterback duties from Jake Payne, who decided not to play his senior season. Stewart's teammates respect his ability.
"We are coming from individual players to a family and the enthusiasm in practice just goes up and up," senior Layne Stover said.
"We are coming together as one," added Kenny Stewart.
That is providing optimism around a program that finished last season 2-8. Loudin said he thinks Poca can return to the postseason.
"I expect us to be a better football team this year," Lemley said. "We have a lot of speed."
Poca's first test is Aug. 30 against nearby rival Nitro. The Dots have won the last four meetings against the Wildcats and the animosity between the program burns hot, no matter the records.
"It's a huge rivalry." Stover said.
"We're just two miles apart; It's a big rivalry," Lemley said. "Their kids know our kids and our kids know theirs. So, yeah. It might get a little personal."