North Carolina High School Soccer Coaches Association
President Brian Jillings
Coaches boys and girls at Hickory High School in Hickory, NC Currently in his 25th year as a coach and in his 17th year at Hickory High School.
How did you come to your national association?
My close friend and then NCSCA President, Doug Kidd, brought me into my freshman year as a head coach in 1999. I served some time as regional chair and membership coordinator before becoming president in 2018.
Is there anything about your connection that you feel makes you unique? special events etc.
I am very proud of the work our association does in advocating for high school football and providing unique opportunities for our coaches and players. Doug has assembled an incredible committee of coaches from across the state who are dedicated to high school football and put a tremendous amount of work and energy into supporting it. The NCSCA has an extensive recognition program not only for players and coaches, but also for officials, administrators and media staff, culminating in a season-ending awards ceremony. We host the Coaches Kickoff Classic, a three-day event in Cary, NC that has now grown to include over 90 high school teams from across the state and is possibly the largest prep event of its kind in the United States. In partnership with our friends at the South Carolina Soccer Coaches Association, we’re co-hosting the nation’s only all-star soccer event for boys and girls in high schools. Our membership currently includes over 240 coaches and we have over 60 volunteers who serve our association as we seek to continue to encourage the growth and improvement of interscholastic football in North Carolina.
What is your fondest memory of the coaching?
I have many fond memories of coaching over the years. I’ve coached some extremely talented student athletes and incredible teams in some big games. But I think what I’m going to miss the most when it’s over is just our Friday afternoon pickup games. The end of the week part of practice where the kids were just competing and enjoying the camaraderie of their teammates until I had to chase them off the field. I think this is the most satisfying moment of coaching for me.
What does our partnership mean for North Carolina high school coaches?
The North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association’s partnership with United Soccer Coaches has been extremely beneficial to the growth and development of high school soccer in the state of North Carolina. Through our partnership, coaches have access to coaching education on a variety of platforms for every coach level. The convention is an annual highlight, bringing together a large contingent of our coaches for a long weekend of football scholarships and education. Members receive a High School Newsletter and The Soccer Journal, both valuable sources of information and current events. United Soccer Coaches Awards and Rankings programs have brought regional and national recognition to our athletes, coaches and schools with a variety of awards and honors. There is an opportunity to recognize any level of athlete and program. United Soccer Coaches is dedicated to high school soccer and continues to seek new ways to encourage and grow interscholastic play, and the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association looks forward to many more years of working together.