The new Molalla girls soccer coach talks coaching philosophy

by: CORY MIMMS - Jim Seward, the new Molalla High School girls soccer coach. Jim Seward stepped in as the Molalla High School head girls soccer coach this summer. Last year, Seward coached the JV2 team, and he’s been coaching Molalla Youth Sports teams for eight years.

It’s a big team to manage. It will have a varsity and two junior varsity teams. “There’s a huge freshman class coming in,” Seward says. He expects more than 40 girls to play.

Seward, 45, has lived in Molalla for 15 years. He is originally from Washington, where he grew up in Yakima, playing competitively as a youth. He quit playing last year and is focusing on coaching.

At the top of his coaching philosophy is attacking. “If we can win the ball and keep the ball, we’re good,” he says. “The game play should be just as entertaining as the goal itself.”

Last season, the varsity was 10-5-1 overall and 7-2-1 in league play, which landed them the number two spot in the league, falling just under Gladstone.

But for Seward, winning isn’t the goal. “I want them to play beautiful soccer,” he says, and winning just happens to be a byproduct of that.

Seward knows the players well, their strengths and fears on the field. He encourages them a lot. “I’m really about sportsmanship,” he says. “Not giving up. A lot of heart.”

by: CORY MIMMS - The girls soccer team is having kick arounds through the summer, keeping in shape for their upcoming season.Seward remembers the coaches who helped him, and one thing he recalls they did, was encourage him academically as well. “Grades are important,” he says. One way he helps the kids improve is through friendships with each other. “I can’t make all of them be friends off the field,” he says, “but it makes sense for them to be.” Seward likes to see his players help and tutor each other if necessary.

It essentially comes down to doing what’s best for the team, he says. If a player gets benched due to low grades, that effects the game.

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