Lamar Raiders tap Escobar as head soccer coach
NEW LEADERSHIP Randy Thompson, left, meets Lamar's new soccer coach, Eddie Escobar, as Cameron and Bobby Sherrill look on. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Ryan Satcher / staff writer
July 16, 2002
Lamar School continued to upgrade its athletic program with the hiring of new head girls and boys soccer coach Eddie Escobar.
Players and parents were introduced to the new coach in a meeting held on campus Monday night.
Escobar may be new to Meridian, but he is no stranger to the sport of soccer. Originally from El Salvador, Escobar moved to Canada to avoid the Civil Wars of El Salvador. He grew up in Canada playing soccer and even trained with the national team for awhile.
Escobar, who will also teach Spanish at Lamar, then played at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. He was captain of the teams there and still holds three school records. He was also Rookie of the Year in his conference the first year.
After college, Escobar played some semi-pro ball and even tried out for the Tampa Bay Mutiny of the MLS. Since the teams in Major League Soccer can have a limited number of foreign players, he had to try out against all the foreign players and couldn't quite make the late cuts.
Escobar also has ten years of coaching experience. He grew up coaching younger kids and has also coached both girls' and boys' soccer in Tennessee.
Escobar will take over two talented soccer teams. Both teams made the MPSA playoffs last season. The girls team made the semifinals of the state two years ago and the boys have been extremely competitive, while making the playoffs the last few years.
Most of the starters for both teams will be coming back next season. Mixing the teams' past success and young talent with Escobar's knowledge of the game, Lamar feels it has a perfect match.
The girls will start mandatory practices to get ready for their season on July 29 and the season will start in the fall. The boys' team will begin its season in the winter, after football season.