In It for the Team
For Justin Coffelt it is easy to love the game of soccer. As a player and a coach the game has provided him with a lifelong fulfillment.
“It is something that I have been a part of for as long as I can remember,” Coffelt said. “It is just naturally part of my everyday.”
As a freshman, in 1994, attending Edmond Memorial High School, Coffelt was a part of a state championship team. He had a love for the game long before the championship, and held on to this for the years that followed.
His desire to teach and coach, coupled with the opportunity to coach soccer, became reality, and in 2003 he became head soccer coach. He held the position until 2007, and during his tenure, Edmond Memorial never missed the state playoffs.
At the end of the 2007 season, Coffelt was faced with the choice of taking a private job, to better his family, or remain at Memorial. His choice was clear, he had to take the new job opportunity.
Then the letters and phone calls came. Players, coaches and parents began the process of allowing Coffelt to return for one final season, to see his seniors through their final season.
“You build up a tight relationship with these guys. I wanted to see them have one more really good season together. Knowing that I could have something to do with that, the decision to come back really wasn’t that difficult.”
Officially, Coffelt is the trainer this year. Head Coach, Brent Young, who coached under Coffelt, enjoys having him around.
“He has been with this group of guys since they were freshman. This is a really talented group of young men, so to have coach Cuffelt here is just a really good fit,” Young said.
Still, there is something more for Coffelt. While he enjoys teaching the sport, he notices something different about coaching. “Watching them grow-up from freshman