Stan Goldstein knew the Chiles athletic department needed help, so he stepped up.
A veteran math teacher and flag-football coach, Goldstein was asked to fill in as the interim girls’ soccer coach in November.
“When I told my wife she said, ‘Did you tell them you don’t know a thing about soccer?'” Goldstein said, laughing.
It’s true. Goldstein coached baseball and football at Leon for years before teaching at Swift Creek Middle School while his daughter was a student there. He is an original faculty member at Chiles and has been coaching flag football since the program started.
Well, that’s a new one for him. His first game as interim coach, he tried to call a timeout. He still laughs at how little he knows about the sport, but the stability he has helped provide the program triggered a late-season turnaround.
The Timberwolves closed the season 8-1-3 after Goldstein’s arrival — a record he credits the girls and their parents for achieving. (Visit Tallahassee.com/ChilesGSoccer for more on that.)
Chiles ended their season Wednesday night in the semifinals of the District 2-7A tournament.
Big news for Thompson
The holidays were certainly kind to Leon golfer Carter Thompson.
A junior and All-Big Bend selection this past fall, Thompson tied for second overall at the Junior Jones Cup Invitational in Sea Island, Ga., held Dec. 21-23. The tournament was shortened to two days because of weather issues, but the field of 86 golfers was filled with top-level players from around the country.
Thompson finished with an even-par in the tourney, earning him exemptions to American Junior Golf Association tour events this year.
Because the field was so loaded with top players, Thompson saw his individual ranking soar to 54th nationally in the Polo junior golf rankings. He’s also rated the 14th-best player in the Class of 2014.
Alum joins NFC
Former North Florida Christian baseball player McKinnon Langston has joined coach Mike Posey’s staff.
Langston was a four-year stater for the Eagles, participating in two state championship games (2004 and 2007). The infielder was MVP of the 2007 state championship team.
Langston played collegiately at James Madison University (2008-10), batting .306 with 16 doubles and 36 RBIs as a freshman.
Langston, who will work with Eagle hitters and infielders, replaces Micah Posey. Posey was hired as a volunteer assistant coach at Elon College.
Two-time first-team All-Big Bend selection Brooke Kinsey of Madison County has signed with Wallace State in Hanceville, Ala.
Kinsey, who previsouly attended Aucilla Christian. batted .353 with 29 RBIs last season.
Kinsey, who boasts a 3.7 grade-point average, plans to attend dental hygiene school at Wallace State.
She also will be attending Wallace with a long-time travel ball teammate, Dani Ekberg of Lincoln.