Blake Galvin had a major concern entering the 2011 girls’ soccer season: how could he convince his players to put the 2010 loss in the state championship game behind them?
Galvin more than convinced his players, leading The Classical Academy to its first 3A state title.
“From the very first day of practice, he said this is a new season,” said Amara Nagle, who led the Titans in scoring. “We have so much ahead of us, use the experience from last year but don’t use your emotions.”
Unlike 2010 when TCA went unbeaten until the title game, the Titans lost a pair of games in 2011. But the losses and a tie came against challenging teams.
“Part of the reason we lost those games was we had a much more difficult schedule this year,” Galvin said. “We played the top teams in the state.”
Galvin got his players to understand that this season had nothing to do with last season.
“Initially it was difficult,” Galvin said. “But when they saw that it was a different team and that we played differently from last year, they figured out quickly it was a different season and focused on knowing what they were doing.”
For Nagle, a senior, there’s no better coach.
“He’s my favorite coach, and he is really positive,” Nagle said. “He never yells at us, never says negative things on the field. If we make a mistake, (he says) this is what you did and let’s work on it and make it better.”