KOUTS | When Tim Schwartz steps in front of his math class at Kouts, the lesson plan typically revolves around balancing equations.
When Schwartz steps on the soccer field after school, he’s all about balancing his time.
Schwartz helped launch the girls’ soccer team last year and then added the boys program to his responsibilities this summer when longtime coach Robert Dowhen left to go downstate.
Schwartz got the idea of coaching both programs from Kouts principal Terry Brownell, who coached boys and girls volleyball at the same time for 10 years.
Whereas volleyball can be coached by having each team on a separate court in the gym, soccer becomes considerably more difficult given space restrictions.
“We’re a small school and we don’t have a junior varsity like some programs have,” Schwartz said. “We have two teams that we’re coaching where some schools have a freshman, JV and varsity for both boys and girls.”
With a little scheduling luck and a lot of help from assistants Joe Furdeck and Dennis Anweiler, Schwartz is off to a positive start this season.
“My assistants and what they do is really what makes this all work,” Schwartz said. “(Wednesday) I’m heading to a match with the girls and I’ll have one of my assistants back watching film and running the guys through a quick practice.”
That practice came less than 24 hours after the Times No. 10 Mustangs knocked off Covenant Christian 2-1 on Tuesday in a solid upset that has Schwartz’s newest program looking in the right direction.
Led by captains Cole Van Dyke, Jesse Crider and Dennis Deardurff, Kouts has won three of its first five games.
“I told the guys this was the kind of match I was waiting for,” Schwartz said. “The guys are buying in and believing. Now they are starting to see results.”
The Mustangs have been bolstered this season by the addition of senior goal keeper Cody Nelson. The basketball star had never played soccer for Kouts before joining the program during the summer and the senior had never played keeper.
“Cody is a natural leader from basketball and he’s brought that to the soccer field,” Schwartz said. “The three captains I have along with Cody have really bought in. These guys have been great with getting everyone else on-board.”