Gentry tabbed as the new Warriorettes’ soccer coach
By Andy Southard | July 23, 2018 3:41 pm
When the school year ended this past year, White County High School soccer coach Steve Wilson decided that trying to coach both the Warrior and Warriorette soccer teams was a little too much and decided to step down as the Warriorettes’ soccer coach.
Grant Swallow, WCHS principal, and Terry Crain, White County athletic director, set out to find a new soccer coach.
Although the coach that they found is a new head coach for this fall, she is not a newcomer to the Warriorettes’ soccer team. Chelsea Sims Gentry has been named as the new Warriorettes’ soccer coach. Gentry takes over for Wilson, who posted a 4-9-1 mark during his only season as head coach of the Warriorettes.
Gentry is a 2009 graduate of WCHS and played soccer for the Warriorettes both in middle school and high school. Gentry ended her career at WCHS as the All-Time leading scorer in WCHS soccer history with 33 goals.
Gentry talked about what led her to take over the high school program.
“I have always enjoyed the game of soccer,” she said. “I remember growing up playing the game and the coaches that I had and the impact that they made on my life. I hope and pray that I can be that type of role model and influence on them just like my coaches were on me.”
Gentry began her soccer career at the age of 4. She played in the league at the YMCA, in both Sparta and Cookeville. In high school, Gentry also was a member of the tennis team for four years and the basketball team for two years.
Gentry, who will be assisted by Sierra Sims, talked about her goals for the team.
“I think every coach wants to win and have a competitive team,” said Gentry. “However, more importantly, I want these girls to grow on and off the field. I want them to grow as a team and individuals and to be able to cherish the memories they make as a team. Also, I would like to instill strong values for life after high school.”
Crain commented on the hiring of Gentry.
“We are excited to bring Chelsea Gentry on as our new Warriorettes’ soccer coach,” he said. “She comes to us with experience, having played at WCHS and is the leading scorer in White County Soccer history. We are confident that she will be a great coach and a positive role model for our students.”
Gentry will hold tryouts for the Warriorettes’ soccer team, 8-10 a.m., July 23, at the WCHS soccer Field beside the old White County Middle School. For anyone who is unable to attend tryouts, on Monday, there will be a second tryout Aug. 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m.