Boys soccer head coach Tyler Robinson discussed the 2017 season with Covering Hawkeye Sports.
Q: How do you think you team did this season?
A: There’s no doubt we improved this season — we went toe-to-toe with an eventual state champion in Holland. We should have beat them with three weeks left in the season at their place. We unfortunately didn’t play our best our last game of the season — we ended on a sour note a little bit — but these guys improved and as a coach that’s really all you want, and we did that.
Q: What do you think you could have improved on?
A: We had a lot of chances, especially on net … killer instinct as far as putting the ball in the back of the net at crucial times, especially that Holland game that I just referenced. We lost to them 1-0 and we had five or six golden chances. We struggled with that a little bit, just natural goal scoring ability. We were sound defensively all season so that was good, but probably just finishing chances.
Q: What are your favorite memories from the season?
A: Eleven seniors graduating, and I’ve had most of them for three years. Just to kind of see them grow from young high schoolers to young adults to this point. To be a part of the process, and no offense to the juniors, but the seniors helped take us to the next level. It was great to see.
Q: How do you plan on improving as a coach from year-to-year?
A: I’m going to bounce off ideas from other coaches and try some other things in the offseason. Like this summer we will have a 4-on-4 or 5-on-5 leagle with Holland and Zeeland East and just kind of try to compete and have fun. Try new things.
Q: Do you have anything planned for next boys soccer season?
A: We’ll be missing a lot of seniors so lots of holes to fill, but I’m confident in the young ones coming up.
Senior Brady Gilbert talked about his experiences with this season, his last at Hamilton.
Q: What’s your favorite memory from the season?
A: Definitely playing on the turf, and our game against Holland away. I feel like that was our best game as a team. Everybody played good. We lost, but it was our best effort.
Q: What are you going to miss most about soccer?
A: I love soccer, so playing in general. Going right after school and getting to play with friends — that’s going to suck (to lose).
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: I’m going to go to college. I don’t know if I’m going to play in college. I’d like to, but I will definitely be playing forever for club.
Q: How has soccer and playing on a team helped inspired you to be a better person?
A: I feel like on the field I’m a leader. Off the field, it makes me want to do that as well. Lead and make a difference within everybody else.