Stan Jones is a busy guy these days.
He already had one varsity soccer team to coach at Corsicana — the playoff-regular Lady Tigers. And this season, he adds the varsity boys team to his responsibilities, a program that also has had success, but a recent high turnover in head coaches.
Yes, Jones knows on any given day this season he can win two games or also lose two games. And if and when the latter happens, it could be tough falling asleep that night.
But this is something he’s wanted to do for years, and now Jones gets the chance when the high school soccer season begins Thursday.
“This is a great thing for the soccer program,” Jones said Wednesday.
There was no hesitancy to put Jones in charge of two varsity teams, athletics director Billy Harlan said.
“It’s a good move because Stan’s a good coach,” Harlan said.
Having a head coach handle both teams isn’t unprecedented around the area. It’s a system that has worked in Waxahachie where Jason Venable has coached both Indians teams for years.
Waxahachie has had big success on the girls side. And Indian boys also have had good teams. Jones has talked to Venable often over the years about the positives and negatives of coaching both varsity teams.
Kaufman, Palestine and Waco University also have a single head coach overseeing both the boys and girls teams.
“If someone’s been able to do it that long, there’s something that is working,” Jones said.
Jones sees only benefits in bringing the Tigers’ soccer program under a single umbrella.
“It unites the program,” Jones said. “The boys and girls are definitely going to know each other better.”
They won’t lack for communication, Jones said. There is a plan in place for both teams to win.
“The vision is going to be the same for everybody,” Jones said. “(The administration) really wanted to implement the things that I was doing with the girls.”
That starts with academics, where the girls team has been a huge success in the classroom. Jones believes he can do the same with the boys. He had study halls a few days a week in the fall instead of an actual workout.
Practices are staggered. The boys will practice in the morning during first period and then after the girls practice in the afternoon. The girls start in the eighth period (around 2:30 p.m.) and finish around 5 p.m.
Yes, that’s a full days’ work. But again, Jones welcomes it.
“He’s so organized,” Harlan said. “We had plenty of time to put things together where he was going to be able manage it OK.”
Jones does have assistant coaches to help him — Jerry Scruggs and Melanie McElroy on the girls side and Kasey Pruett and Jesus Rodriguez for the boys.
The teams will travel together with five away district matches at the same site (plus eight home matches back-to-back).
They won’t be together when the season starts Thursday. The girls are playing in the Longview Pine Tree Round Robin. The boys will play in the Temple Tournament.
Jones will go with the boys to their season opener.
It will be one of the few times this season he’ll be away from the other team he coaches.
Stan Jones is a busy guy these days.
GC Volleyball Summer Tour: Frost set for a big season
Everybody's back at Frost.
“This will probably never happen again,'' said Frost volleyball Coach Elaine Woods, who returns every player from last year's team.
They are not only back, but they are talented — arguably the most talented group of volleyball players in Frost history.
Former Cowboy Keith Davis delivers motivational speech
Keith Davis believes in dreams.
He lived his.
That was one of the messages Davis, a former Dallas Cowboys safety, delivered to a standing-room-only crowd of youngsters Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club, where he spoke with enthusiasm and energy about life inside and outside of the NFL.
TTBB: Wortham takes second at state tournament
The Wortham Bulldogs made an impressive run at the Texas Teenage Baseball Association High School Eligible State Tournament in Buffalo and took second in the state.
Tiger Sharks make splash at state meet
There are leaps and bounds, and then there's what the Corsicana YMCA Tiger Sharks did over the weekend at the Lone Star state swimming meet in Frisco.
Mildred's Shimonek transferring from Iowa, will walk on at Texas Tech
Former Mildred quarterback and Golden Circle Del Thrash Player of the Year Nic Shimonek is leaving the University of Iowa after one red-shirt year and transferring to Texas Tech because of Iowa's pro-style offense.
GC Baseball/Softball: Mildred names Zamzow new baseball coach; AD Chambliess to coach softball again
The Mildred Eagles didn’t have to go far to find a new baseball coach to replace Aaron Tidwell, who left the diamond to take the job as the principal of Mildred High School.
On Saturday, Mildred named softball coach Brett Zamzow its new baseball coach as Zamzow, who was Tidwell's assistant for five years, moves back to baseball after spending a year coaching softball.
To complete the move Mildred Athletic Director Billy Dan Chambliess will take over the softball team. Chambliess, who is the head football coach, spent fours years coaching softball before becoming the school’s AD last year. All four of his teams won district titles.
Morgan; Remembering House and a better era
The Cowboys started training camp the same week that Robert Newhouse died.
In a way, that’s very unfortunate for Jerry. Thinking back to the “Human Bowling Ball” and the teams of that era might lead to the inevitable comparisons to today’s product on the field.
GC Football: Blooming Grove's Williams expects to win
His father was a head coach for years at Pecos High and his brother-in-law is the head football coach at DeSoto, but Lawrence Williams Jr., a man who loves coaching football, never had any ideas about being the head man.
“I love coaching,'' said Williams as he sat at his desk in Blooming Grove, where he became the Lions' head coach this summer. “I just never thought about being the head coach and I never applied to be a head coach. With this job I can still coach.''
Outdoors: Kevin Reese: Summer time means summer tracking
With only two months before opening day of archery season you should already have your bow maintenance complete, be shooting daily and chomping at the bit for our favorite day to arrive!
Let’s face it, few animals turn our rotors like whitetail deer.
All-State Baseball: Corsicana's Harlan and Wolver honored on TSWA/Collin Street Bakery 4A All-State Baseball team
Corsicana junior Brady Harlan and sophomore Layton Wolver were honored on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 4A All-State Baseball team that was announced Tuesday night.
- More Sports Headlines
- GC Volleyball Summer Tour: Frost set for a big season