Charles Carle is the team’s owner and head coach, and though this will be the Owls’ first season, and thus his first season in those roles, he’ll be leaning on a deep well of experience as he leads the team into 2019 and beyond.
“The Owls are a collection of all the thoughts, philosophies, and football understandings that I’ve encountered — whether in semi-pro or any other coaching endeavor I’ve participated in,” Carle told Developmental Football USA. “My biggest expectation for this team is for them to finish every game, whether winning or losing, and to strengthen their cohesiveness as a unit throughout the season.”
When starting an organization, it’s important for owners at the developmental level to pick the right league. Surround your team with the right competition and structure and the sky is the limit. On the other hand, playing in a league that may or not be around over the course of your team’s lifetime isn’t setting it up for long-term
With that in mind, the Owls chose wisely with the AZCFL.
Carle relayed that a personal relationship with owners of the league played a factor in the Owls joining. “I have an idea of where they are taking the league and where it is getting ready to progress to,” he said.
Matt Archer is the league’s commissioner, and the AZCFL as a whole is looking to fill the void left in Arizona when the Maricopa County Community College District got rid of football for financials reasons.
“It is going to require us to give these players a professional league versus just a semi-pro, play-for-fun style league,” Archer told Developmental Football USA back in January.
Back to the Owls, Carle can’t name just one player who will stand out for Tempe, being that he’s expecting the whole team to stand out.
“Everyone on the offense is a force to be reckoned with — collectively and together,” he said. “Same of the defensive side of the ball.”
Overall success on the season will be important for Tempe, especially considering how vital an inaugural season can be, but the owner did make it clear that the Owls will be approaching the season on a micro level. That’s a mindset that ends work working more often than not.
“We will take each team one at a time,” Carle explained, “circling them on our calendar as well as building and executing a game plan that will allow us to be successful.”
First up for the Owls are the East Valley Ravens. It’s a week-one match-up that will kick off the day for the AZCFL on the Westwood High School field at 11:00 AM.