Sean Ford the brand new head coach for Greenville soccer

Sean Ford the new head coach for Greenville football

By Drew Terhall

GREENVILLE — The Inexperienced Wave soccer program can have a brand new chief. After a collection of interviews, Sean Ford would be the new head coach for Greenville soccer. Ford was launched to the dad and mom on Jan. 10 and has met with the gamers on Jan. 9.

Ford stated he has been making ready for this opportunity for a very long time. When he noticed Greenville had a gap, he didn’t hesitate to use.

“I’ve at all times wished to be a head coach. I’ve at all times had aspirations. I’ve labored to organize myself for this place. When the place was introduced, I jumped on it instantly. Not solely as a result of I consider in myself, however I consider within the Greenville children, I consider within the Greenville neighborhood. I feel there’s plenty of potential right here to make some enhancements,” Ford stated.

Ford performed highschool soccer at Tippecanoe. After that, he went proper into teaching. When he was 21, he was the defensive coordinator, particular groups coordinator and the working backs coach at Bethel from 2016-18. In 2019, he spent a 12 months at Tippecanoe because the defensive backs coach. In 2020, he was the defensive coordinator at Tri-Village. After a number of years off, he returned to Tri-Village to be the linebackers and the large receivers coach this previous season.

Greenville Athletic Director Aaron Shaffer stated Ford stood out amongst the candidates along with his capability to convey his message properly. From the interviews and from speaking with others that know Ford, Shaffer may see what sort of coach and individual Ford is and what he has envisioned for Greenville.

“Sean brings an vitality and a imaginative and prescient that’s somewhat completely different than what we’ve had. He did an ideal job simply interacting, he answered questions properly. I do know as we explored references, and even immediately, I talked to some guys that knew him by way of Tippecanoe. The overwhelming theme once we have been him was that he associated properly to children and youngsters responded to his message. He’s obtained an ideal imaginative and prescient for what Greenville soccer could be,” Shaffer stated.

Ford stated when he met with the gamers, he had them fill out a questionnaire about why they play the sport. He was impressed with the solutions and was thrilled to see all of them wished to place the work in to enhance.

They’ll begin with the basics. Ford stated from a bodily facet, getting again to the basics would be the first step in the direction of getting this system heading in the right direction.

“Getting again to the basics goes to be key to our success. I really feel like the youngsters, they need to enhance and there’s a will to enhance. That’s half the battle. Having the ability to step into a job of harnessing that potential and training them up on some fundamentals and attempting to take them to the following step. It’s very do-able right here,” Ford stated.

Ford additionally stated he envisions Greenville soccer to be good, disciplined and difficult. Sensible and disciplined have been the primary two talked about.

These are issues that aren’t solely essential to successful video games, but additionally issues which are essential in life.

“More often than not, folks beat themselves. If you are able to do what you’re purported to do, extra typically than the opposite staff, you’re going to provide your self the perfect alternative to win. Self-discipline is totally crucial to success not solely on the soccer discipline, however in life,” Ford stated.

The mission, the imaginative and prescient and the values transcend successful. Ford does need to win video games at Greenville, nevertheless it’s greater than that.

Ford’s imaginative and prescient assertion stated when a participant hangs his helmet for the final time, he needs the participant to have the ability to say the expertise taking part in soccer was value it. The expertise made them a greater individual and made reminiscences that may final for a very long time.

Ford stated he needs children who need to be in this system, who need to compete, who consider in this system and in one another and who need to be part of one thing particular.

The gamers that confirmed as much as the conferences are simply the beginning. Their buy-in will solely assist develop this system to start out, however they are going to then have to put within the work to show issues round.

“The youngsters that have been right here tonight, they’re the instance. The instance that they set strolling the halls, the passion that they bring about and present concerning the new soccer program, it’s going to promote itself,” Ford stated. “There’s going to be plenty of perception, there’s going to be plenty of enthusiasm, nevertheless it’s going to take plenty of work,” Ford stated.

Ford is presently a historical past instructor at Tri-Village.

Contact Every day Advocate sports activities editor Drew Terhall at [email protected]