Coach Bobby Bribiesca leads the Wichita Northwest Grizzlies boys soccer team again this season. He has coached the Grizzlies soccer teams for over thirty years and he has definitely earned the respect of his peers. His focus is not just in the development of soccer skills for his players, but also their personal development as a young man or a young woman. Coach Bribiesca takes pride in the fact that all of his players go to college, whether it is as a soccer player or not.
Coach Bribiesca said that, like most high schools, the Grizzlies will principally field a 4-4-2 formation this year. Bribiesca is high on his goalkeeper, Jonathan Lane. Coach Bribiesca says that when Lane is on, they will win a lot of games. He sees his team captains, Robert Rawlings and Kevin Emes, as great leaders on the field. Broc Cramer is a big midfielder who makes his presence felt. And Coach Bribiesca knows that when Austin Clifton finds the net, the Grizzlies will win some games. Coach Bribiesca was also high on Jake Carter, the only player to letter as a freshman last year.
Coach Bribiesca was born in Garden City, Kansas and went to college at Wichita State University. It was there, in a P.E. course taught by Phil Adrian, that he learned about soccer. As an assignment, Coach Bribiesca had to learn about soccer, observe soccer and deliver a report about soccer. Coach Bribiesca went on later to start the soccer program at Wichita Northwest High School for both boys and girls teams in 1979 and he has been there ever since. This season, Coach Bribiesca points to Wichita Southeast, Wichita East and Maize as very competitive soccer teams that he must face.
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