Reinhard is new scoring king From 1-and-done to 200th win, Scates has taken WV soccer far
Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Reaching a milestone in any sport is always a sweet feeling, especially in the high school ranks. Martin Westview’s boys’ soccer coach Dan Scates reached a big milestone Monday against Gibson County.
Scates won his 200th game in what is now his 17th season as head coach at Westview, and he notched career win 201 with Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over South Gibson.
The soccer team let their coach know how they felt about his reaching 200 career wins after the game Monday night.
“I had to find me a dry towel because I got an ice bath,” Scates said.
After 17 seasons at the helm, he said there was a lot that went through his mind after Monday’s win.
“I thought of all of the players, assistant coaches, administrators we have had here and the parents,” he said.
“You do not ever accomplish anything like this by yourself. It is the players who win the games. You have to prepare your kids, put them in the right position and depend on your assistant coaches.
“You’ve got to be willing to listen to some advice sometimes and take everything into consideration. It is a total team effort by everybody who has played for me since 1996.”
Scates says he only intended to coach the team for one season in 1996, and the first soccer game he coached in was also the first-ever soccer game he saw.
“When Rusty Taylor (athletic director at that time) came to me the year before and asked me about the job, I said I would take it for one year,” Scates said.
“The first soccer game I ever saw I coached in. This one year has turned into 17.”
It is the competition that Scates likes and working with other athletes. He also enjoys helping prepare kids for life and to be successful.
That success as shown on the soccer field throughout his years has head coach.
“We have been to the regional tournament every year,” he said. “We have made it at least to the regional semifinals every year.”
Scates is not the only person affiliated with the soccer team who has reached a milestone this season.
Senior forward Adam Reinhard became the Chargers leading scorer when he scored three goals against McKenzie on April 12.
Reinhard keeps adding to his record.
In Tuesday’s game, he scored one goal late in the second half on a penalty kick that gave him 88 goals for his high school career.
“He has been a four-year starter, but he means more to this team than just scoring,” Scates said. “He is sort of our inspirational leader. He sets the tone for the team with the way he hustles. He thinks about the team first. When we were getting beat by Dyersburg early, he asked me if there was anything he could do back on defense. He will do anything it takes to help the team to win.”
Westview is 8-3-1 and 4-0 in the east division of the region.
A win against Trenton this afternoon will clinch the top seed in the regional tournament. Published in The WCP 4.26.12