Wednesday, March 20, 2013
By Chris Sokoloski
Waccamaw High School’s Noah Gulley signed to play soccer at Coker College on Friday morning.
“It’s been a dream since I was about 4 years old, I’ve always wanted to play college soccer, so the fact that it actually is happening, I’m really excited,” Gulley said.
“I’m really happy for him, he’s worked hard for this and he’s been very agreeable all four years to play whatever position I needed him to,” Warriors’ coach Ben Schoen said. “No gripes, no nothing. Because he loves playing, no matter where you put him.”
Gulley dislocated his shoulder against St. James last week, and showed up for his signing wearing a sling.
Although he’ll miss a few weeks of the season, he was relieved that the injury wasn’t more serious.
“It means I get to coach now,” Gulley said. “I’ll be on the sideline for a little while. With a young team, I think it will be good for them. ... They’re going to have to step up and do it themselves.”
Schoen was also relieved, calling the diagnosis, “the best news I’ve had in a long time.”
“When he injured himself, I wasn’t worried about winning and losing games,” Schoen said. “I was going to be heartbroken if he ended up missing his senior year because of an injury.”
Gulley said the biggest transition from high school to college will be the pace of the game.
“A lot of guys are actually my size,” he said. “I’m not going to be the biggest guy out there anymore. And it’s fast.”
“This is a very good soccer opportunity,” Schoen said. “Coker College has a very good soccer program. The coach is top-notch. He’s my kind of coach. Academics and behavior, and then you can play soccer. At the college level, I’m not saying it’s rare, but it sort of is.”
Gulley was also a starter on the Waccamaw basketball team, but prefers soccer.
“I have more of a passion for soccer,” he said. “Basketball is a lot of fun. I grew up playing it with my friends in the driveway, but soccer has always been my thing, it’s always been my go-to sport.”
Gulley’s not sure what he wants to study at Coker, but plans to go to law school after graduation.