New coach intends to build a home-grown power
Crooks thinks local players can lead effort to rebuild Skipjacks’ soccer program
WYE MILLS Aldrick Crooks expects to win, and he expects to do it with local talent.
"I’d like to try to tap into the high-school talent in our five counties," said Crooks, Chesapeake College’s new head men’s soccer coach. "I’ve been reading about how well the rest of the Chesapeake College sports programs are doing, and I started thinking, ’Why not soccer?’ "
Crooks, who coached Colonel Richardson High’s girls’ soccer team into the region title game last year, said a key to success will be getting the players to buy into a possession-style concept.
"I’d like to introduce possession-style soccer to our program," said Crooks. "That’s the style that’s played internationally. It’s also the style that’s played very successfully at the high-school level both across the bridge (Anne Arundel County) and down south in Salisbury. There’s very little of what I call the ’boom-kick’ style in those areas it’s a controlled, possession-type game."
Crooks has coached soccer at multiple levels, including high school, parks and recreation, and other youth leagues. He has spent the last five seasons working in various coaching positions with Colonel Richardson High’s girls’ soccer program, including a stint as junior-varsity head coach before taking over the varsity last season.
"I’ve always dreamed of coaching at the college level, and I think Chesapeake College has great potential in soccer," said Crooks. "There are a lot of good local soccer players who want an opportunity to compete at the next level. My goal is to develop players who can help Chesapeake put itself on the map in soccer, which in turn will help those players move on to four-year colleges and universities."
Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski said Crooks’ blend of experience and enthusiasm may be just what the Skipjacks need to rebuild a soccer program that was unable to field a team last year.
"At this level, the experience and commitment of the head coach has much to do with the success of the program," said Szymanski, who built Chesapeake College’s baseball program from scratch into a perennial region title contender. "I think Aldrick has the experience, personality, and commitment necessary to get the job done."
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