New soccer coach named at Cassville

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Andrew Hoskins

The Cassville Wildcat soccer program has a new leader. Andrew Hoskins, an Ozark native, has been hired as the new head coach of the Cassville High School soccer team. Hoskins replaces Brian Wilbanks, who left the post to accept an assistant principal's position with Houston High School.

Hoskins has been kicking a soccer ball around since the age of 6. He grew up playing soccer in the Ozark Youth Soccer Program and Lake Country Soccer League in Springfield. He lettered all four years as a member of the Ozark High School soccer team.

"I think what drew me to soccer was that my friends played soccer and the fact that I had fun," said Hoskins. "I also enjoyed getting plenty of playing time. Soccer also gave my dad and I a chance to have something in common, since he was my coach."

After high school, Hoskins participated in various adult leagues during college, volunteered a season as a referee with the Ozark Youth League and also coached teams in the Ozark Youth and Lake Country soccer leagues.

Since graduating from Missouri State University with a bachelor of science degree in education, Hoskins has held three teaching positions. He was a social studies teacher at Fordland High School for two years and then served as a permanent substitute at Jarrett Middle School where he served as a volleyball coach and volunteer track coach. Most recently, Hoskins taught at Pilot Grove High School.

Hoskins applied to teach and coach at Cassville, because he and his wife, Megan, wanted to get back to the Ozarks where the two grew up. He was also excited about coaching a sport he was passionate about at a school that has developed a highly respected program.

"I was motivated to apply for this position because of the caliber of the soccer program that Cassville has, and the community support that has allowed the program to grow and be successful," said Hoskins.

As the soccer program's new coach, Hoskins plans to reinforce and build upon Cassville's traditions of winning and sportsmanship.

"I would also like to continue to build on the community support that the program has enjoyed," said Hoskins. "I am passionate about building soccer programs for younger ages to ensure we keep the talented player base and encourage continued interest in the sport."

Hoskins' coaching strategy stems from his passion to build winning teams.

"I feel that success comes with a hard work ethic, successful strategy on the field and teamwork," said Hoskins. "I also think that being a great team is not only determined on the field but also in school and in the community."

Players will have the opportunity to get to know their new coach at the upcoming high school soccer camp, which will be held July 18 through July 22 from 7 a.m. to noon each day.

The camp is open to all incoming and returning CHS Wildcat soccer players. Sessions will emphasize individual skills with small and large group defenive and offensive tactics.

"Participation in the camp will improve individual and team tactical play and will help lay the foundation for a successful Wildcat soccer season," said Coach Hoskins.

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