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PREP SPOTLIGHT: David Boyd

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Farmville Central coach David Boyd directs players during a game on May 7, 2019. (Molly Urbina/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Farmville Central girls soccer coach David Boyd took a young program to new heights in his first season, capturing a 2-A Eastern Plains Conference title and a No. 9 seed in the state playoffs. The Jaguars fell to Bunn in the playoffs’ opening round. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Boyd about his first season and the expectations for Year Two.

Q: Looking back, how was your first season with this team?

A: “It was a learning experience. I had to go back to coaching kids without a ton of experience, and that changes the way we approach coaching and practices. It really helped me grow, having to go back to the basics and adapt.”

Q: What was the best moment of the season for you?

A: “I’d have to say it was our home game against Beddingfield. We trailed 3-1 with about 12 minutes to go. We scored two goals in those final 12 minutes and eventually won in penalty kicks. Beddingfield was a good team. If we played them 10 times, we may have split with them. That win was early in the conference schedule, and it made me feel like the kids knew they could compete at a high level.” 

Q: What proved to be the most challenging aspect? 

A: “I think it was just changing the way I coached the team. I really had to go back into the fundamentals, which was something I had not had to do for a long time. I had to adapt to the team, and I enjoyed the challenge of it.”

Q: What did the team improve on most this season?

A: “Positional awareness. They really began to understand their role in the system we play in. When you throw out formation names everyone knows where to go and stand at the start, but as the year went on they began to understand their position within the flow of the game, and that can be very complex.”

Q: “You graduated three seniors this year. What impact did they have on this team?

A: “All three of them (Emily Monroe, Zion Shepard and Kristine May) had the maturity and composure as leaders for our team. Not just the seniors, but everyone with us in those first four games before our basketball players arrived really set the foundation for what this team would be. Then we got Corinne Denham, and she is arguably the conference player of the year in my mind. She was the heart an soul of this team, and just went out and made everyone around her better.”

Q: What are you most excited for next season?

A: “I challenged all of the girls to go try and play club soccer so they can work on their technical and tactical skills. That way when we come back, they will be ready to take the next step, which is learning to attack and defend efficiently, and getting into to some more complex parts of the game and our system. Once we get those skills down, we’ll be able to really possess the ball and we’ll have our awareness to be able to adapt and move the ball well.”

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

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