West Hall High may have searched the state for a new head boys’ soccer coach, but in the end, the Spartans found their best match was already in the system. West Hall appointed long-time teacher and junior varsity soccer coach Tim Gale to the head boys position, athletic director Scott Justus announced Thursday.
Gale began coaching soccer with the Lanier Soccer Association during the 1998-99 season and has progressively worked his way through the ranks from assistant coach to head coach of a select team and now on to head varsity coach at the high school level.
“I coached my daughter and two sons at LSA, then I was an assistant coach for a select team before I was the head coach of an under-13 boys select team with LSA,” Gale said.
Last season, Gale was at the helm of West Hall’s undefeated JV boys team and is familiar with many of the players in the system that will be vying for varsity spots come spring.
“We’re losing six or so seniors from last year’s team, and a good number of them were starters, so we’re going to have lots of spots to fill,” Gale said. “Fortunately, we had a very strong JV squad last year, and we will look to them to build the team.”
Gale hopes that the 2014 team can follow in the footsteps of last season’s team, which made it to the second round in the Class AAA tournament under another first-year coach. He believes the team has the talent, and he feels like the Spartans can build around individual talent to utilize what they have best.
“I think we can enhance a few things and keep using what we have,” Gale said. “Maybe put a few more guys in scoring positions, keep working the midfield and get (game) experience from around the area.”
Although the upcoming season’s schedule hasn’t been finalized, Gale noted that the immense amount of talent in the region will help the Spartans measure themselves and get better in his first season as their coach.
“We have very strong teams in Region 7-AAA and in the area, and hopefully we can play some of these other good teams in non-region play,” Gale said. “Our main goal is just to go farther and improve on last season.”