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McDONOUGH — Eagle’s Landing boys’ soccer program promoted a new coach and even divulged their coaching philosophy this week as they give people time to catch up with their program.

One of the first changes happened to be the introduction of a former Eagle’s Landing High athlete who came back as a coach. This wasn’t a move to dispatch head coach Chris Schmidt instead it was a way to strengthen the program.

Cesar Lainez came from the junior varsity program during the offseason and has uniquely improved the program.

“This is Coach Lainez’s first stop as a coach and he is proving that he can coach,” Schmidt said. “He has built a trust with many players and understands them as someone who has worn the same school name on his shirt.”

As it happens, the county is often dominated by a few consistent programs but it’s not that hard to imagine that other programs are beginning to get better at soccer. Established programs like Union Grove and Locust Grove are consistently at the top.

Eagle’s Landing is beginning to do things right but both Lainez and Schmidt have seen growth out of many programs they face.

Soccer is a sport that’s experienced growth around the state. Soccer has become a thing for the next generation.

“Kids watch it and know about it like other pro sports,” Schmidt said. “You see more soccer jerseys in school than I remember 10-15 years ago. We are starting to see the player numbers grow to the big sports numbers. I think the generation coming up is way more talented than the last.”

The coaching philosophy for Eagle’s Landing High is a mixture. Admittedly, it works for the Golden Eagles program.

“I derive a lot of my coaching style from coaches I have played under or styles I was exposed to,” Schmidt said. “I like to play fast attacking soccer with accurate short passing. If I had to compare it to someone popular it is like ‘Total Football’ played by the Dutch and Jurgen Klopp’s ‘GenGen Press’ but with our own flair tied in. But players dictate the style we play with, you have to cater to the talent you have.”

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Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor.

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