WASHINGTON — The Washington High School soccer program is full of tradition and one such tradition is revisited each July to the delight of the entire program.
The alumni of the Hatchet soccer program as well as current players, parents and friends will come together Saturday afternoon for the ninth annual WHS soccer alumni game.
Kevin Myers, the former Hatchet coach essentially started boys soccer in Washington and become the coach in 1992 for Washington’s first full season, wanted to reinstate a sense of family throughout the program, which existed when Myers was just getting started more than 20 years ago.
“We were promoting a soccer family is the way we started out with it, because we didn’t have much support in the early years,” Myers said. “This was one way we made it last longer than just your high school career. Now they’re still coming back, I think one of the guys coming is off the original team and another player who’s freshman year was our second or third year.”
Myers retired from coaching after the 2010 season, and his son, Quintin, has taken over the coaching position with the high school team, and will be on the field with his fellow alumni. Quintin said the chance to get back on the field with some of his former teammates is not something he takes for granted.
“It’s awesome,” Quintin Myers said. “As I’ve told these guys now that I’m coaching them ¬ there’s no better feeling than playing for your high school, and now that I get to coach, it’s part of just giving back and making it the best for them. Playing collegiately is not the same as playing for your school.”
With many of the players getting into town tonight, and the alumni game festivities most of the day Saturday, Quintin said the thrill is getting a chance to talk and catch up with people that are a part of the Washington family.