Boys soccer

Rensselaer coach and son combo find ways to work on the field

2013-09-18T19:00:00Z 2013-11-16T17:06:15Z Rensselaer coach and son combo find ways to work on the fieldPaul Honeycutt Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 18, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

It's rare that you find a coach and a son in the same program, but it's even more rare that the two find success.

Renssalaer currently has that situation in its boys soccer program, where Chip and Chandler Gull have the Times No. 6 Bombers on pace to set the single-season school record for wins.

Last season, Rensselaer set an all-time high with 13 wins. This season, the Bomers are 8-2-1. There still are a few weeks to play in the regular season, so that record is more than likely going to be broken again.

"This is a very unique situation," Bombers coach Chip Gull said. "We are continuously improving as a team."

Both Gulls will agree that with success comes compromise and knowing when it's the right time to talk about soccer.

"Communication helps in father-son combos," Bombers junior Chandler Gull said. "I'm more comfortable approaching my dad at school because he's my coach, but at home he's my coach in life, not soccer."

"We don't talk about soccer too much at home," Chip added. "He knows there's always room to get better, and I don't really treat him any differently in practice or games."

What's seen as foreign on the varsity level, coach Chip actually takes some input from Chandler on a myriad of different things.

"At this point, he probably understands the game better than me," Chip said. "It's a good two-way street because we both talk and listen to each other."

According to Chandler, he has input because he and his teammates know each other really well and the junior can relay the information to his dad.

"Since I know my teammates personally, I understand their tendencies more," Chandler said.

With the Bombers setting all-time record for wins last year and a lot of the roster coming back, the goals set were loftier, which includes a conference and sectional title. Since the program started in 2000, they have never won either until this year when they captured the Hoosier Conference title.

"The whole team wants it pretty badly," said Chandler, who has six goals and a team-leading 11 assists.

"When we lose, our heads don't drop. We've learned how to adjust to different situations and build on things we can get better at," Chip added.

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