Hubbertville Excessive Faculty soccer coach, Caleb Hynds, is a part of the group
Eighteen miles separate Berry from Hubbertville. Not much more has come between new Hubbertville soccer coach Caleb Hynds and the community, however.
Hynds has been Berry’s football coach for the past four seasons, but his wife Brooke has parents in Hubbertville and his parents live in nearby Winfield.
Hynds moves to Hubbertville after leading Berry to the AHSAA Class 1A semifinals and an 11-2 record. The change of scenery is rooted in the family.
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“We have two great grandparent couples for the three children we have and I’m happy that they can be much closer to them,” said Hynds.
However, this is a major change for Hubbertville. Hynds is the school’s first new soccer coach since 1977, when the newly retired Lamar Harris took over the program.
Harris set the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s record for consecutive years as a coach at the same school at age 44. He knew and trained against Hynds and agreed to the setting.
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“It’s a bit like when I got the boss job at Berry,” said Hynds. “It replaced a very good coach and the same thing here. I think Coach Harris is a legend. I have a lot to do but the children’s work ethic is great and it’s always fun to train. I’m very excited.” and ready to get it going. “
Hynds said the biggest key for him is building on Harris’s momentum and earning the player respect that Harris had. He also pointed out that the players should stay in the weight room.
“I can’t afford to lose kids when they already have the work ethic and realize how much it gets them,” said Hynds.
The move will not be entirely foreign to Hubbertville. Hynds is a lifelong resident of Fayette County and lived outside of the area only during college in West Alabama. He even lived in Fayette County when he attended Winfield High School.
“The community engagement is pretty amazing,” said Hynds. “The Berry community has been great too. Everyone has been so supportive since we’ve been here. … These kids were some of the most respectful kids I’ve ever met.”
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Hynds leaves Berry as Berry’s most successful girls ‘basketball and girls’ volleyball coach. He won’t be training basketball in Hubbertville, and said that it will also give him more time with his family.
“I’ve learned that there are a lot of things I don’t know that I have to learn every year until I retire,” said Hynds. “… The most important thing I have learned is how much my family means to me. I think they have supported me so much in all of my coaching years.”
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