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Lawrence named VDN’s Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year

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Jeremy Lawrence
Jeremy Lawrence: Photo by Richard Miller

After leading Warren Central High School to an astonishing season, Jeremy Lawrence has been named the VDN Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year for 2023-2024.

The Lady Vikes experienced a remarkable journey during the season, reaching the semifinals for the first time in the school’s history. Lawrence’s guidance proved crucial as
WC dominated its opponents, securing multiple victories throughout the
season.

“We met the goals we were looking to meet,” Lawrence said.“When I first took over we were looking to get to playoffs but we now went much further than that so it’s a really good feeling.”

With a final record of 17-6, the Lady Vikes achieved notable successes, including a 7-1 district record and the title of Regional Champions. Following their district championship, WC triumphed over Grenada and Neshoba Central to progress to the North State competition. Unfortunately, WC fell short of winning the championship, suffering a defeat against Saltillo.

Despite falling shy of the ultimate goal, Lawrence’s coaching expertise showcased significant improvement within the team, evident through each season’s increasing number of wins. The Lady Vikes also shutout 11 of their competitors this year.

“It makes me feel good that they’re buying in to me and the assistant coach’s philosophy and they can see the results in the end,” Lawrence added.

Through emphasizing hard work and consistency, Lawrence fostered a sense of unity and teamwork within his squad, leading to their success since he assumed the coaching position three years ago.

“We preach a lot about being a family and getting the basics right,” Lawrence said. “If we can do that and treat each other like family then the rest will fall into place.”

Lawrence’s acknowledgment as the Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year for 2024 underscores his commitment to mentor young athletes and inspire them to achieve their best. This
recognition is well-deserved, highlighting his dedication to shaping the future generation of players.

“It’s only partly me because the assistant coaches and the players themselves did plenty of the work,” he added. It makes me feel good to get a little recognition because it passes on to the kids.”

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