Friday, March 12, 2010

Latin soccer coach wins 800th game

Charlotte Latin soccer coach Lee Horton won his 800th game Thursday in Raleigh against St. Mary’s. The Hawks won 2-0. Latin’s girls team is 4-0 currently.

Horton, 54, started coaching immediately after graduating from North Carolina in 1978. He started at Wilson’s Greenfield School. He was there for five years. He stopped coaching and got his Master’s in physical education from Campbell.

Horton started at Latin in 1985 and is in his 25th year there. He’s coached boys and girls teams in his entire 30-year career.

His career record for boys and girls is 800-237-102. His boys teams have won seven state championships and his girls teams have won five. The girls team, undefeated last season, is two-time defending state champions.

Latin’s girls haven’t lost since playing Skyland Roberson in the 2008 season. The Hawks have not lost in their past 32 games.

Latin (4-0 this season) lost two senior all-state players in the first week of the season: McCallie Jones (shoulder) and McKay Kirkland (torn ankle ligaments). They scored 40 goals last season.

Jones has a scholarship to College of Charleston and Kirkland to Kentucky.

Right now, freshman Ashley Finke (5 goals) leads the Hawks in scoring. She scored four goals against Grace Academy, including three on headers. Sophomore Mia Kane has four goals.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Coach Lee! My daughter played for him and she will tell you that he is still her favorite coach. Not only is he an excellent coach -- but he's a wonderful man who teaches these girls more than soccer.