By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun
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.
Tigers boy soccer
2012 overall record: 6-11-6
2012 district record: 3-4-3
2012 playoffs: Area round
Players to Watch: Johana Zagal, Sr., Midfield; Elida Hinojosa, Sr., Goalkeeper; Elizabeth Castaneda, Jr., Forward; Sandra Martinez, Sr., Midfield; Jenny Garcia, Jr., Midfield
Newcomers to Watch: Brianna Roberts, Soph., Defender
Top district opponents: Waxahachie, Red Oak, Ennis
Lady Tigers girls soccer
2012 overall record: 10-11-3
2012 district record: 6-3-1
2012 playoffs: Area round
Players to Watch: Richard Valdivia, Sr., Midfield/Forward; Dustin Welch, Sr., Defender; Alan Aceves, Sr., Goalkeeper; Juan Rojas, Soph., Midfielder
Newcomers to Watch: Marco Cruz, Soph., Midfield/Forward; Juan Rojas, Soph., Midfielder
Top district opponents: Red Oak, Ennis