Ambitious, tough, and hard-working are just some of the many adjectives used to describe this month’s Coach of The Month, Mr. Jimmy Stansell.
Mr. Stansell has been coaching Men’s and Women’s Soccer for a total of 13 years ( 8 years here at East Forsyth). In his time of coaching, he has won many awards that include: Piedmont Triad 4A Conference Men’s Coach of the Year 2012 & 2014, Region 8 4A Co-coach of the Year 2014, and Region 8 4A Coach of the Year 2015.
“He’s hard on his players and always motivates us because he wants us to succeed,” said Raigan Edwards (’19) an EFHS Women’s Varsity Soccer Player.
Griffin Hawley (’18), a Men’s Varsity Soccer player said, “I think he’s a great coach, and he cares for his players. It’s not all about soccer with him, it’s about growing up and being better men and women. I believe he deserves Coach of The Month” for The Talon.
Not only has coaching benefited Stansell’s players, but it has benefited himself. “It allows me to stay in the game I enjoy, and it keeps my life structured. It’s pretty much what I’m used to doing; I’m not really sure what it’s like to do anything else,” he said.
Coach Stansell hasn’t always coached East Forsyth soccer. In fact, he coached Mount Tabor High School soccer for four years as an assistant coach, and one year assisting coaching at Cary High School as a college student.
Stansell has always wanted to keep soccer as a part of his daily life style. He started playing the sport at the age of four, and still continues to participate on a team. “I was fortunate enough to be a part of a few teams that actually had success,” he told us. He started thinking about coaching as a teenager, but really decided more towards the end of his college years and the beginning of his teaching career.
We’re looking for Coach Stansell to help lead us into another successful season for both Men and Women’s Soccer. Congratulations, Coach!