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Area soccer coaches began careers as players for Carroll's 'Coach O'

July 18, 2012
Carroll Athletic Booster Club

When you coach as long and as successfully as Southlake Carroll boys soccer coach Greg Oglesby, you will inevitably start to see a "coaching tree" grow, where former assistants and players have taken your approach and applied that towards becoming successful coaches in their own right.

But for Oglesby, he gets to see that tree up close and personally - five times a season, at least.

Between Coppell head coach Chad Rakestraw, Keller Central head coach Dave Maher and Keller head coach Jason Bates, two of Oglesby's 4-5A adversaries and one 5-5A head coach all played for Oglesby during their playing career.

"We all coach against each other," Bates said. "That's the funny part. Every year in our district, we all were with Coach O. It's not that we're seeking to beat him, but he's just Coach O - he's that guy."

And he's been "that guy" for the last 29 years, starting up successful soccer programs both at Grapevine and Carroll.

The rivalry definitely extends to the field, where the former players try to get the better of their former coach - and vice versa.

Students become teachers

It's a special dynamic for Oglesby, because he's seen those coaches literally grow up before his eyes.

"I look at that as a privilege," Oglesby said. "I have known them their entire adult lives, since they were 14, 15, 16 years old. And now they're grown men. They've gone through changes like we all have, and they've changed philosophies on how they do things, but I don't think they've ever deviated from their roots and their core values."

Maher said the amazing thing about Oglesby's run in coaching soccer has been the number of young people that he's been able to reach and, ultimately, positively influence.

"It just shows you the type of influence that Greg Oglesby has had on players within the community and the Metroplex," Maher said. "Between starting the Grapevine program and then (starting) over at Southlake, he's impacted so many players in the high school ranks, that doesn't even include how many players he's impacted in the select soccer world."

Maher would know - he credits Oglesby as the reason that he decided to be a high school soccer coach.

"For me personally, what he made an impression on me as a young man when I was 16 and 17, he was such a great person with great faith, and had such a passion for soccer and making an impact on kids, developing character and leadership skills," Maher said. "In the mix of doing that, he really enjoyed what he did and does. When I was thinking about a career and what I wanted to do, I saw how much fun he had coaching, and after my college experience, I wanted to give back what was given to me."

Imitation is flattery

Understandably, Oglesby takes each of his former players deciding to be high school coaches as something of a compliment.

"When you first start coaching, you don't really think about (former players coaching against you), but after you've been in it for a couple years, you do think about that," Oglesby said. "It's pleasing to you to have some kids become you. It's the foremost respect. As an educator, obviously, I think it's the most important profession in the world, so it's great to see people of their character and statue to select this as what they want to do."

Those are far from the only branches of the Oglesby coaching tree, however, as he also has worked with Keller girls coach Billy Griffiths and Carroll girls coach Matt Colvin, among many others. But there's still a special connection between Oglesby and his former players.

"It's a special bond that we all have," Oglesby said.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/07/02/4074097/area-coaches-started-as-players.html#storylink=cpy

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