Chris Handy takes helm of MGCCC soccer program
“I am very excited about the opportunity at Gulf Coast,” said Handy. “The men's and women's programs are already established in the State and Region while the College has a strong administration with a commitment to success on and off the field.”
Handy comes to Gulf Coast from Tyler Junior College (TX) where he spent five years as an assistant coach. During that time, the Tyler men went 89-9-6, won back-to-back NJCAA titles (2009-10), and finished third in 2011. Before his time at Tyler, Handy was a player and then intern at Florida International University.
“I learned a lot at Tyler, and I feel my time there has shaped me into who I am today,” he said. “The main thing I learned is just how important it is to work hard and have a winning mentality. You also have to make sure that your athletes are motivated on the field and in the classroom and everything you do must be first class.”
Handy, a native of Austin, TX, will assume head coaching duties of the men’s and women’s teams at Gulf Coast and inherits two teams both coming off MACJC and Region 23 titles in 2011. He takes over for Bary Thrash, who recently retired after building the Bulldogsoccer program from its inception in 1998 into a perennial winner.
“I think coaching men and women will be a new challenge, however, it’s something I’m looking forward to,” Handy added. “I love to coach and compete and having another team brings another opportunity to teach, challenge my athletes and myself. Overall the game is the same. However, there will be adjustments in the way you teach it. Gulf Coast fans can expect to see teams that will work hard and show up to play everyday.”
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