Highland’s Varsity Boys Soccer Coach Reynolds Oare was voted Virginia’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Coach of the Year on the heels of his team’s recent state championship win in Richmond, Virginia.
Reynolds was one of just two nominees, and was voted for this award by the state coaches and athletic directors of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) membership.
Highland’s varsity boy’s soccer team finished this season with an impressive record of 18-4-2. The final win of the season was an impressive 4 – 0 win over Eastern Mennonite High School in the State Championship.
Highland entered the tournament as the D II state’s fifth seed and upset three opponents, #4 Trinity at Meadowview and #1 North Cross School before defeating #2 EMHS in the title game. This win gives Highland a total of 12 state championships and is the second state championship claimed by Coach Oare and fourth overall achieved by the boys soccer program.
“I am truly blessed to coach incredibly gifted student-athletes every year,” Oare said.
“The players on the 2015 Highland Boys soccer team deserve all the credit for doing whatever it took to win a state championship. They did everything that was asked of them, and acted in a way that earned the respect of every program across the state. That is the greatest honor a team can give to its coach, and for that, I thank them.”
“The path to this state championship actually started after last year’s state championship loss to North Cross,” said Athletic Director Gary Leake.
“Coach Oare and his team prepared hard during the off season and they were determined to redeem their loss through hard work, positive team chemistry and teamwork. I am incredibly proud of this accomplishment.”
Coach Oare attended Highland and played on the soccer team as well, graduating in 2000.
“As a player in the late 90’s, I could have never imagined I would someday take over this program, which began to flourish long before I became the coach,” said Oare. “I am so grateful for the opportunity and support provided to me by Hank Berg, Gary Leake, and the Highland community, as well as for my family for always encouraging me throughout the process.
Additionally, none of this would have been possible without my coaching staff, which includes but is not limited to two very close friends in Ronnie Ross and Mark Miller (also an alum and former teammate). They are knowledgeable, hard-working, and respected by all the players.”
“It’s great to have our alumni return and help us continue to carry out our mission,” said Head of School Hank Berg. “Reynolds’ dedication to his players and the game of soccer is a tremendous addition to our program.”