Deerfield-Windsor coach preparing athletes for life after sports

Deerfield-Windsor coach preparing athletes for life after sports
Soccer Balls waiting their turn (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Deerfield-Windsor Lady Knights soccer team has taken home the 2018 GISA state title for the first time in school's history.

But what many people don't know is how coach Joslin and Deerfield-Winsor has prepared the Lady Knights for life after soccer.
"We've always prided ourselves," said head soccer coach, Aly Joslin, "obviously within the school's academics. Our two captains this year, one of them, Zoe is going to Yale. Olivia is gunna be going to UNC on a very prestigious scholarship there."

Neither of which are athletic scholarships, but academic. They decided to hang up their cleats on a high note and got the chance to say they left it all out on the field.

"Yeah it's kind of like last one, best one." said senior co-captain Zoe Hopson. "We've been chasing after this for the last five years. Knowing that it was my last season, my last chance to put my heart out on the field."

"This season just helped me remember what's important for me and how to choose and what I should choose the college based on." said senior co-captain, olivia bell. "This season just helped me leave Deerfield with a smile on my face."

For coach Joslin, this was always the plan. Whether it was through soccer or not, just allowing his players the best opportunity to continue their education.

"Well that's why we do it ultimately isn't it?" said Joslin. "I mean it's student athlete. The student comes first, and we make sure the girls know."

It sure seems to be a goal that he is helping his players achieve. That's also something he is hoping to instill in his own daughter, who also is a freshman lady knight. But that feeling this past weekend of coming off the field as champion coach, and a proud dad, is something he will never forget.

"It's a dream." said Joslin. "I mean as a coach I'm delighted for the whole squad but when it comes from a dad I think that's when I become as proud as any of the other parents."

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