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Corsbie Nets SWAC Coach of Year Honors
November 15, 2016
The opposing student section rhythmically taunted, “Corsbie, Corsbie!”
But his eye for the goal could not be distracted. About 30 seconds after the chant started, he received the ball just outside the box and slotted it to the back of the net.
Coach Corsbie still cherishes this vivid memory. He began playing soccer at a young age and eventually played center at Zeeland High School in Michigan where he used simple cuts and quickness to maneuver around opposing players.
Corsbie decided not to play soccer in college in order to focus on his academics. After graduation, Corsbie moved to a Navajo Reservation located near the four corners region of the southwest where he coached soccer in Arizona. He then relocated to North Carolina to teach, but after a few years he moved again, this time with his wife to Ecuador where he continued his career as an educator. After his stint as an expat, he returned to North Carolina and and joined the GH staff where he continues his education and coaching careers in the Social Studies department and on the soccer field.
As the helm of the men’s soccer team, Corsbie has exceedingly high expectations. The team is currently enjoying a run in the playoffs after claiming the SWAC title and finishing the regular season with an overall record of 23-1. Additionally, Coach Corsbie was named SWAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year. And though this is an individual award, he knows it is all about the team.
Reflecting on this year’s team, Corsbie commented, “If we play our best, stay composed, and act disciplined every game, good things are sure to come.”
Corsbie has enjoyed some of his fondest coaching moments this season – more than just strong soccer performances, moments of strength of character. “We’ve had a strong and successful season with a great group of players. They’ve supported me through tough emotional events and given me great pride in being a coach.”
In the spirit of joy, passion, and unity, the team this year decided to get mohawks. Coach Corsbie noted that it’s very unlikely he’ll sport the spirited cut during playoffs. He will, however, be working on his “playoff beard” in honor of No Shave November. The same elements that fuel Corsbie and the Green Hope soccer team are echoed in the advice he has for any athlete looking to improve: “Find a joy and passion for your sport; with this you’ll become a better player.”
Clearly Coach Corsbie has found his passion.