By Daniel Boston '00, Sports Information Coordinator
Gulliver's new boys' soccer coach, Chris Bart-Williams, is excited to take the helm of the program. He will strive to teach current players about Gulliver's strong soccer tradition, while motivating them to build their own legacies in this new era in Gulliver soccer.
Coach Bart-Williams began his professional soccer career at age 16 in the Premier League (the top English soccer league). During his 16 years playing professionally, he scored 52 career goals and played 449 career games for clubs including Leyton Orient F.C. and Charlton Athletic F.C. Coach Bart-Williams feels that both his professional playing experience and his experience coaching at various skill levels has prepared him to lead the Raiders. "My experience coaching at many levels will definitely help me in fostering the development of each player, as well as our team as a whole," Coach Bart-Williams said.
Coach Bart-Williams expects his players to bring an attitude of hard work, fun, trust and accountability to the field in order for them to maximize their experience and get the most out of his coaching. "I have met with some of the members of last year's team, and I have come away impressed with their passion, attitude, intensity and knowledge of the game of soccer," Coach Bart-Williams said.
Many people define the success of a program through wins and losses, but Coach Bart-Williams' philosophy is a bit different. "I truly feel the success of a team is determined by whether each player has had an enjoyable experience while in the program and how much they have grown as a player – and most importantly, as an individual," Coach Bart-Williams said.
Looking ahead to the Raiders' schedule this year, Coach Bart-Williams has filled it with opponents that will push the Raiders to compete at a high level, while preparing them for the playoffs. Some of these opponents include Christopher Columbus High School, Palmer Trinity School and Pinecrest Prep. Coach Bart-Williams knows fan support is key to a great Raider boys' soccer season, and hopes that the Raider faithful will turn out in full force to cheer on their Raiders at these big games.