The Westminster High School (WHS) Wolves boys soccer team closed out the 2018 season with several accolades. Coach Bryan Little won the East Metro Athletic Conference (EMAC) Coach of the Year award, five players were named First Team All-Conference and two players were named Second Team All-Conference within the EMAC league. The team also qualified for the state playoffs.
All Coaches within the EMAC League vote for the Coach of the Year award. Little believes that he won this honor because the team had a winning record and dramatically improved their record from last year. “This season with the boys was very successful,” said Little. “The boys had an 11-5 record, 7-3 in the division.”
In 2017, Little’s first year at WHS, the boys' soccer team finished with a 4-10-1 record. This year, the Wolves ranked second within the EMAC League and won 11 games with only five losses. Little says the team worked hard in practice from the first day of the season. “What I put into place last year was carried on this year and it carried on successfully,” said Little.
When it comes to Little’s philosophy on the field, he hopes that his team has fun when they play, “I know when I played, when I was relaxed and enjoying the game, that’s when I improved the most and that’s when I played my best soccer,” said Little. “Before practice, we’d have a laugh and joke, and then once practice starts the boys know that they have to practice hard and get things organized for the games.”
In the spring, Little also coaches the girls' soccer team. Off the field, Little works as a library technician at WHS. This position gives him the opportunity to engage with his players in a different capacity as they come to him for advice about college and soccer scholarships.