When Carlos McField saw he had a chance to move from Class 1 to Class 3 in coaching soccer, he took it.
And now, the former Summit Christian Academy head boys’ and girls’ soccer coach will take over as the new Belton coach starting this fall.
“I just happened to see they were looking for a coach,” McField said. “I didn’t plan on leaving SCA, but it enticed me. The position over here and seeing the stadium and the facility. I was interested in seeing what they had to offer. What they had to offer was good and it was a situation that I couldn’t turn down. I had to think about my family too.”
McField has been in Class 1 his entire 16 years of coaching. He was the assistant coach at Pembroke Hill, then was the head coach at Central (Hardin) and the head coach at SCA for the past three years.
“It’s all Class 1 and in the back of your head you want to test yourself as a coach,” he said. “The best way you can do that is go to Class 3. I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge.”
In the last three years at Summit Christian Academy, McField has helped the Eagles clinch three district titles for girls’ soccer and took second in districts for boys’ twice.
Being in charge of both boys’ and girls’ soccer does present a little bit of a challenge though.
“There is enough separation from the seasons themselves, but in the off-season there is an overlap,” McField said. “Especially in the winter, when I’m trying to keep the boys’ skill level up and trying to get the girls ready for their season at the same time. It can make it a little difficult, but I have assistant coaches to help me with that.”
McField has already met and bonded with his assistant coaches and has even worked with some of the Pirates boys’ soccer players. They had two team camps this summer, a practice camp and a camp where they played games against other teams.
“Just seeing them over the summer and working and getting to know their personalities, it has really helped going into the season,” he said. “I’m not flying blind now. I have some sort of an idea what they can do.”
One big difference though is the competition. Moving up to Class 3 means McField will be facing teams he hasn’t seen before. He has scheduled a few teams he knows, such as Pembroke Hill, Barstow and O’Hara.
“For the most part though, like our conference, I have never seen (the teams),” McField said. “It’s going to be fun going out and scouting.”
But so far, McField is fitting in well with the Pirates.
“It’s a good working environment,” he said. “Everyone is on the same page. Everyone wants success for all the programs, so that’s a positive.”
“I’m excited,” McField added. “I can’t wait to get started. Hopefully it will be successful on both ends, on the boys and the girls, and I’m able to take both programs to levels they haven’t reached yet, but be sure to still recognize what they have done in the past.”
McField grew up in Kansas City, Kan., and attended Elan University, Elon, N.C. He is married and has one child and will be teaching physical education at Scott Elementary School.