It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again.
With high school sports back in top gear, it’s time again for our weekly segment honoring one local athlete that excels both on and off the field.
It’s time for the school year’s first Athlete of the Week.
To kick it off, I went to Maine-Endwell to talk to a member of the boy’s soccer team that’s helped lead them to a 3-1 start this season.
“Jack is a very solid player. The beginning of the season has shown the success that he has had, and he’s helped contribute to our team’s success so far. I think Jack’s not going to settle for it being good enough. He’s always going to look to get better himself, and as a team, we’re going to continue to look to get better as well,” said boy’s soccer head coach Beau Brinsko.
It’s been a terrific start for Jack Coleman and the Maine-Endwell boy’s soccer team.
The Spartans are currently 3-1, and outside of their lone loss, a tight one at Vestal, they have not only won, but they’ve dominated in those games.
In the team’s three victories, they outscored their opponents a combined 15-1.
Maybe even more impressive, Coleman has scored eight of those 15 goals.
While he’s found individual success, Jack pushes the credit on to others for his scoring.
“I mean, it’s a lot of my team and my coach. All credit goes to Beau Brinsko. He got me to come here. I transferred here from another school, Newark Valley. I play travel all year round so it’s been helping me a lot to get my craft to where it is now. I just use it as motivation,” Coleman said.
That motivation has paid off as Jack already matched his goal total from a season ago through only four games.
The man Coleman gives a great deal of credit to, head coach Beau Brinsko, says that while Jack has excelled on the field, it’s how he is off of it that Brinsko has really been impressed with.
“He’s very approachable. He’s a well-mannered kid. I’ve got feedback from some administrators in the school as well that they appreciate how Jack is always going up to them, shaking their hands, saying hello. So, that goes a long way. We’re about the overall culture and building good people. And while we want to get results on the field, we want to prepare players, like Jack, for what’s next in life. And that’s setting them up to have success and be good individuals.”
Coleman’s personality can be traced back to his family, which Jack says is the most important part of his life.
“I come from a family of eight, including myself. I have seven. I have two sisters, five brothers. Family is everything to me man. Without family, I wouldn’t have been here. They just mean the world to me.”
Jack’s talent on the field can only be outmatched by his character off of it.
That will bring him more success throughout his life, even after his soccer days are over.
But for now, Jack has a simple message.
Jack and the Spartans will look to move to 4-1 on Tuesday when they head to Johnson City to face the Wildcats.