Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Meet the Coach – Joshua Mewhinney

Name and what do you currently coach?
Joshua Mewhinney- Boys Varsity Soccer
All Sport(s) Coached:
Sports played in High School
Soccer-4 years Baseball-1 year Ski Club- 4 years
Favorite sports memory (as an athlete and as a coach)
As an Athlete: My favorite sports memory as an athlete was winning the 2010 GLIAC Championship in a shootout while playing for the Ashland University Eagles against the Ohio Dominican University Panthers. The match ended in a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods, but we overcame the panthers in a 6-5 PK win. As a Coach: My favorite sports memory as a coach would have to be during my first year as head coach here at HN. In our first game of the 2017 state tournament in the sectional match against Padua, we won a thrilling 2-1 game in golden goal overtime. There is nothing more satisfying as a coach than watching your players win an elimination game against a rival opponent, especially in extra time. Afterwards, the team stormed the field to celebrate. I will never forget that moment.
Why do you coach?
I coach because I love the game. Soccer is like a chess match; it is a game of critical thinking translating to physical performance. You have to think one step ahead of your opponent, but must also be prepared to adapt when your opponent makes unexpected moves themselves, or when you make mistakes. In the end, the outcome will be determined by not only which team makes the least mistakes, but occasionally a little luck doesn’t hurt your chances either. Being able to share the game with others, as well as teach players how to develop their skills, makes it one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences that I could ever be a part of.
What attracted you to Holy Name?
I first applied to Holy Name High School for a position as a Physics Teacher, but upon hearing a Boys Soccer Coach position was also available, this certainly was a huge bonus.
How are you staying active at home?
I currently go for runs around my neighborhood, as well as lift and bike in my basement.
What else would you like to share with the Holy Name High School Community?
Thank you all for your continued support of not only the Boys Soccer Program at HN, but your overall support of HN Athletics. Without our community encouraging us as coaches and players, HN would not be the amazing place that it is. I am very thankful and blessed to be a part of this organization and community.