Coach's Corner is a new segment in the sports section that highlights the lives of coaches in the Onslow County area who have connections to the military.
School: Jacksonville High School
Sport: Boys and girls soccer
• Ground radio repairman (2841) with Bravo 1st 2nd AA Battalion out of Courthouse Bay (1990-93)
• Deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait - Desert Storm
• Played soccer at Catawba College
• Has been the girls’ soccer coach since 1996, boys’ coach since fall of 2002
• Girls have won or shared the past four Coastal 3A Conference titles
• Girls’ team went 10-0 in conference this spring
• Girls’ record during tenure: 413-115-48 including seven Final Fours
Q: How were you able to be so successful this season?
A: I think it’s the tradition that has developed over the years and kids buying in. The girls have adopted that, and the upperclassmen and seniors took it upon themselves to help the underclassmen.
Q: What is something you try to teach your student-athletes?
A: Soccer is fun. That’s the last thing I tell them before a game. It doesn’t have to be that serious. It’s just a game.
Q: Who were some of your favorite mentors or coaches growing up?
A: My great uncle. My dad. My college coach at Catawba got me my first high school coaching job at Salisbury High School. I’ve been around coaching my whole life.
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes?
A: Our team motto: “Believe in yourself, believe in each other and believe in your dreams.”
Q: What do you like to do when you aren’t coaching?
A: Play golf, cook and drink craft beers.
Q: If you weren’t coaching, what would be your dream job?
A: That’s a really good question. I’m still trying to figure that out since I’m a few years away from retiring.
Q: What subject do you teach at JHS?
A: World History & Life.
Q: What is your favorite part about being a coach at Jacksonville High School?
A: Developing relationships with the kids and seeing them grow up and be successful in their adult lives.
The JHS girls’ soccer team lost to East Chapel Hill High School 1-0 in the fourth round of the state playoffs on May 17. They ended their season with a record of 15-7-1.
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