New JSerra coach Victor Santa Cruz has high expectations

JSerra may need landed the soccer teaching job of the yr Victor Santa Cruz was recruited to develop into the brand new Lions head coach.

The 50-year-old was defensive coordinator in Hawaii after 14 seasons as Azusa Pacific’s main supervisor with an 84-69 report. Within the Nineties, he coached highschool soccer at Oceanside for 5 years after which progressed to the collegiate ranks. Now he is able to face the excessive expectations of teaching within the Trinity League.

He was interviewed on Friday Night time Dwell about his imaginative and prescient for JSerra.

Why observe highschool soccer once more?

“I am excited to be again in highschool. I began my profession by working for Herb Meyer at Oceanside for 5 years. I all the time thought I’d keep there, however then the chance opened up at Azusa Pacific. I am in regards to the probability to compete, the possibility to coach and make a distinction, and to assist folks develop within the sport, not simply soccer, however socially, academically and spiritually. “

What’s your offense about?

“I’ve an actual historical past as an offense-defense man, however if you happen to take a look at my groups at Azusa, we broke all offensive data. We’ll make sure that we use our athletes and their strengths. I might be a idiot to shove a playbook down the throat of a squad that does not match talent-wise. We’re nonetheless studying.”

The Trinity League is sort of a school league. What’s your imaginative and prescient for JSerra?

“It was actually a deal for me as a result of I am aggressive. I need to play soccer that counts. What I actually cherished about Trinity League is that it’s a must to do your finest each week. What a problem. And the imaginative and prescient for us is to construct champions whereas aiming for championships. At first, who my gamers develop into by way of this system is essential. However if you construct the champion man, how he thinks, how he works, then the fruit of profitable emerges. The orange tree within the yard would not say, ‘Please produce oranges.’ it is a tree It has deep roots. The fruit is a by-product of who she is. We construct the championship folks and you then watch the winners come.

Educational studying is essential to you.

“It is essential. I am the primary in my whole bloodline to graduate from school and I can see the affect of being a first-generation school scholar, what it means on your circle of relatives. You need to Take accountability for studying.”

Loads has modified because you final educated in highschool. Mother and father are totally different, expectations are totally different, transfers are totally different. How do you adapt?

“School ready me effectively for this chance. You’ve excessive expectations. They’ve a number of objectives and I get gamers and fogeys dream of going to school. There are extraordinarily excessive expectations, and excessive expectations are excellent since you need to meet excessive requirements. False expectations or expectations which might be unrealistic or decide on the improper time are frustrations as a result of they hamper a participant’s growth and spoil an anxious atmosphere for fogeys. I am making an attempt to convey some readability to what is going on on in order that we will all navigate this new world of recruiting, highschool sports activities and school sports activities. The school soccer world has modified radically within the final three years, and we’re nonetheless seeing the apples fall off in random methods. As we kind this out, I hope that as we go away the faculty ranks I can assist convey some readability and perspective to all that’s taking place in order that we will transfer ahead and never let feelings hijack a gorgeous course of.”