The Wheelersburg Pirates have decided to embark on a new athletic challenge and given the success of their other programs, deductive reasoning suggests the Pirates will achieve success in their next venture — which takes place this fall as Wheelersburg will add girls soccer.
Youth soccer is well established in Wheelersburg, which will make the transition to the high school scene easier. Wheelersburg Athletic Director Chris Porter understands the foundation of the community’s youth program.
“The Wheelersburg Youth Soccer program has always had a large number of girls participating, so the foundation has always been there,” Porter said. “With such a limited number of girls teams in our area, it just hasn’t been feasible to offer a team. In recent years, there have been other teams added in our area so we have had an increased interest in fielding a team of our own.”
The youth program has served the boys’ soccer team successfully over the years and Porter is confident the girls program will benefit from the youth soccer program.
“We feel that the success of the youth program will follow the girls the same way it helps the boys program,” Porter said. “We hope to be competitive and we feel we have created a reasonable schedule to build a foundation for future teams as well as to experience success in our first years …”
The youth program has already served one purpose as the new coach of the girls’ team spent the last 14 years serving the youth program.
Todd Jarvis, a former Wheelersburg alum, has been named the first coach of the Pirates girls’ soccer program. Jarvis is charged with the task of building a successful program.
Jarvis doesn’t believe the success of the program will be judged on wins and losses, at least in the first year.
“The success of a brand new program can be measured in a lot of different ways,” Jarvis said. “It may or may not be with wins or losses …
“I want to create a program the girls can be proud of and to create an environment where they want to be a participant. This is a long commitment for me. The girls who really benefit from the program in 2014 are currently in the fifth or sixth grade. Because now these girls have a future and a place to go when it comes to soccer.”
Porter couldn’t be more excited handing the program over to Jarvis.
” … We are excited for the girls and pleased to have Coach Jarvis leading the program,” Porter said. “He has a lot of experience with the youth programs and has followed the boys team closely over the years so he has a good understanding of what a successful program looks like.”
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or on Twitter @crslone.