Tuscola boys soccer’s motto for the 2019 season is a simple one, but one that should be very effective in helping the team reach its goals. Head coach Ian Meeks wants the team to dedicate itself to being a family, and one unit.
Meeks starts his second season with the Mountaineers after having played as a goalkeeper for Lenoir-Rhyne for a season, along with several years of coaching experience at the JV and varsity levels at other schools.
As he continues his work with the Tuscola team, Meeks wants to continue to implement his system that emphasizes a strong transition game and developing his players on and off the field.
“From a game standpoint, I challenge my players to utilize a balanced attack that can transition up the field from the back quickly,” Meeks said. “I encourage a team approach that will improve the skills for each player and allow them to use their individual talents where applicable. I strive to help the young men I coach become better people, value integrity and humble themselves so they can become great citizens in our community and in the future.”
The team’s goals for this season are to improve on last year’s record, finish with a winning record and make it to the playoffs.
“I think the biggest coaching challenge this season will be to help the team focus on one game at a time,” Meeks said. “After last season they tend to look at the Big 3 in our conference rather than concentrating on each individual match. One at a time and we can meet our goals.
“I’m really excited for the growth of the team, the opportunity for our young talent to show up this year, and for our seniors to show leadership on the field.”
Tuscola will open the 2019 season against Brevard at home on Monday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m.
Ann Garber contributed to this report.