I recently sat down and spoke with Gridley boys soccer coach Jesse Barajas, and tried to get some insight into what has allowed the Gridley boys soccer program to be so successful since its inception in 1989.
I recently sat down and spoke with Gridley boys soccer coach Jesse Barajas, and tried to get some insight into what has allowed the Gridley boys soccer program to be so successful since its inception in 1989. After spending an hour with Barajas talking about all aspects of the game, both locally and professionally, I now have a much better understanding of why his teams have had such success on the pitch.
Quite simply, Barajas has created a sense of pride and ownership in the players who put on the blue and gold uniforms through the years that a legacy of expectation has been created which all players past, present, and future acknowledge and welcome. From the junior high students playing at Sycamore school to the current and former players who are playing in the seven-on-seven league multiple nights a week at Sycamore, it is obvious there is a passion held for not only the game of soccer, but for representing Gridley High School.
“You really have to experience something like watching the Mexican National team play in person to understand the depth of the passion for the game other countries such as Mexico has,” says Barajas. “Many Americans enjoy the game, and understand the game, but there is football, baseball, basketball. In Mexico, it is soccer, and basically nothing else. And when you have people who are that passionate, it gets passed down from generation to generation.” You can read the rest of the story is the 5-30-12 edition of The Gridley Herald. Support us by subscribing so we can continue to bring you your Local News. 6 month Subscription for only $25 and we'll give you a $25 gift certificate for dinner for two. 846-3661