The emotions you feel as a Coach and Athletic Director when the season and sports year comes to a close are way too conflicting. As I watched our Varsity Girls Soccer Team fall in PKs last Wednesday at Stratford, I was gutted, not so much because we lost, but because I was going to miss my 10 seniors. I hated it for them; they had played hard and did everything a Coach wants and demands from a great team. They played for each other, they sacrificed, they battled every moment of the game. Some nights it’s just not your night. But I have enjoyed coaching this group as much as any group over my 14 years at Calvary. At Calvary, we are blessed to be able to pour into the lives of young people; athletics and soccer just happen to be my avenue. As cliches go, I learned more from them than they learned from me. I watched them develop a bond they will carry a lifetime; I watched them care for one another, encourage one another and hold each other accountable. I told them I could not be more proud to be their coach as I watched tears flow and emotions reign.
As Athletic Director I watched a group of senior baseball players, with a “Drink from the hose” mentality fall short in the GHSA Final Four on Monday. They battled; they gave their best effort; they stayed together and never wavered even though a loss became imminent. Watching these young men care for one another the way a Band of Brothers should is a special opportunity. If you have never played athletics it is hard to understand the time teams spend together- you become like siblings; you are at school for seven hours then add another two plus with practice and games each day, and you get the idea- you have to love the game and have relationships with those around you. And if everyone buys in, watch out, special teams grow and develop, and greatness can be accomplished.
And by the way in girls state track Mattie Harris ran a personal best of 5:18 in the 1600 and her sister Moriah also ran a personal best of 5:31-Amazing student-athletes we have at Calvary.
The next blog will chronicle the total practices, games and other time spent within Calvary Athletics during the 2015-16 school year. It will startle you the amount of games played and success our student-athletes accomplished this year.