What a turnaround it was in the swamp for Spring Creek soccer this year. The Gators finished 18-4 and reached the second round of the 2A state playoffs, only a year removed from going 8-12 and missing the playoffs altogether. Coach Jeremy Houser was awarded coach of the year for the East Central 2A Conference after leading the team to a share of the conference championship.
Houser only lost one player from last season so the Gators came out stacked with a mixture of experience and youth. Houser even added some seniors who didn’t have the experience but it made no difference as he got everyone to buy-in.
“Our team has worked extremely hard to get better at the things that we lacked last year. The number one priority that I told you at the beginning of the season was composure and playing as a team and not as individual players. I believe we have achieved that goal,” said Houser. “The comradery our athletes have shown this year has been incredible. I know I’ve said this before, but this group of seniors we are watching move on to bigger and better things is special. The dedication of our team to winning and becoming better athletes has produced such a great atmosphere amongst the team that any coach would be proud of. We are honored to share the title of Conference Champions with Wallace-Rose Hill and James Kenan... We are in good company and plan to keep it that way for many seasons to come.”
As the old adage goes, “you are only good as the company you keep” and Houser acknowledges that as he is often quick to shed the light on his assistant coaches, Miguel Torres and Rebecca Paroby.
“This award validates all of our coaches’ and players’ hard work this season. Going from 8-12 last season to 18-4 is quite an achievement, but not mine alone,” said Houser. “I don’t view coach of the year as a one-man award. It means our coaching staff was top of the conference, not me. None of us claim to be the one person responsible for our success this year. Each of the three of us has a role to play for our team and we balance each other out well. I couldn’t ask for better coaches to stand on the sideline with.”