New attitude and positive
By Billy Johnson
April 17, 2008
Instead of building million dollar soccer fields and dreams of
moving to lower level competition . . . . maybe it's time to
bring in a younger, more hungry coaching staff and philosophy
to the Kayhi soccer program.
Personally, I was shocked by the comments made by both Kayhi
coaches concerning last weekend's soccer series vs Juneau. One
coach admitted defeat in newspaper quotes before the series even
started. Excuses were made, by both coaches, about our players
having to play and practice with poor field conditions.
How is a high school athlete supposed to be motivated to compete
against our biggest rival when before the game starts,
their head coach states that they have very little chance to
win, that the other team has more talented players and that,
because of poor practice conditions, we can't compete with the
It's one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard of.
Our men's coach says that we have no chance to beat Juneau because
they have four scholarship athletes and this is one of their
best teams of all time. THAT right there should be motivation
enough!!!! The opportunity to beat the "greatest" Juneau
team of all time? Our coaching staff should have been chomping
at the bit to disprove the statement made by the Juneau coach.
WE need to go into that game thinking we have a chance to make
history!!! Instead, our coach is admitting defeat. Wow.
I know our Kayhi baseball players/coaches were more pumped up
when they faced a Chad Bentz or Matt Way. I know our Kayhi basketball
players/coaches were more pumped up when they faced a Carlos
Boozer or Talisa Rhea. A true champion athlete or coach WANTS
to face the best competition possible. They don't want to move
down levels to face lower competition. Juneau soccer and football
coaches demand excellence. Sitka baseball coaches demand excellence.
That's why they win state championships and send players to college
and the pros. Our coaches want to play lower level competition,
and our parents run out coaches who are too "strict."
Then we wonder why we can't compete with Juneau.
Our soccer coaches act like we don't belong on the same field
as Juneau . . . and that's a terrible attitude to convey to the
players and fans of the sport.
So, again, instead of a million dollar field or dropping to a
small-school conference - maybe it's time we change the Kayhi
coaching staff. Maybe they've been beaten so many times by Juneau
teams that they've lost their will to compete. Maybe it's time
to bring in some new coaches who will prepare our kids to battle
and compete with Juneau and to beat them more than once every
A million dollar field isn't going to magically turn us into
Bear-Killers overnight, but a new attitude and positive philosophy
About: "Long Time High
School sports fan"
Received April 15, 2008 - Published
April 17, 2008
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