High school student becomes soccer coach
May 9, 2016
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A herd of girls sprint down the field. The Hurricane is calling the ball and making connections easily getting past the other team’s defense. High school senior and Tulsa Soccer Club Hurricane’s (TSCH) soccer coach, Carly Gillman watches from the sideline overcome with satisfaction. Gillman does this kind of thing weekly.
Gillman began coaching soccer since her sophomore year of high school, but she has been playing the sport since she was four years old.
Since she was little Gillman has had a passion for the sport.
“I love the complexity of soccer,” Gillman said. ”I also love the challenge. You have to rely on your teammates to be successful.”
Through Gillman’s love of soccer she began to coach. She currently coaches an Under-10 girls team for TSC.
“I really enjoy being able to watch my players grow on and off the field,” Gillman said. “Teaching them a part of the game and actually being able to see them use it in a game is very rewarding.”
Coaching soccer has taught Gillman a lot about both leadership and respect.
“Before you can actually be an effective coach you have to earn their trust and respect,” Gillman said. “I’ve learned to balance things better such as dealing with parents, referee issues, making substitutions, being positive with the girls and actually coaching them.”
Not only does Gillman both play and coach soccer, she is also a member of National Honor Society, Student Council and Leadership class. Balancing all of these activities while still maintaining her grades has taught her important lessons.
“I have learned that my planner is my life,” Gillman said. “Also I have had to start figuring out when I am taking on too much.”
With all of these activities on her resume Gillman is set up for success, but
“Next year I plan to attend the University of Oklahoma and get my doctorate of physical therapy,” Gillman said. “I enjoy working with people, and it will keep me active.”