by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield High School boys soccer team is welcoming its third coach in as many years as C.J. Komons takes over the program this season.
Komons might be the new Wolverine boys coach, but he’s certainly not new to Wakefield. He was head of the girls program last year and coached them into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A state playoffs.
He replaces Eric Mason, who led the Wolverines to an 8-14-1 record last season and a sixth place finish in the Cap 8 Conference. Mason relocated out of state.
There’s nowhere to go but up for the Wakefield boys’ soccer program and a new coach, new team and new attitude are giving the program hopes of making a strong push for one of the top spots in the league.
Last season, the Wolverines made it to the conference tournament championship but came up short to No. 1 state-ranked Sanderson, losing any hopes of getting a 4A NCHSAA playoff spot.
“I’ve got a very good group of kids this season,” Komons said. “We’re going to try and be the best team we can be and so far everyone is dedicated and has been working hard.”
Wakefield lost 10 players to graduation. Still, Komons has talent returning. For Komons, repetition is the key and that requires time.
“We’ve had a very good showing from the players,” he said. “Their work ethic is there and they see my excitement and are feeding off it.”
Komons admitted to not knowing who started last season, and which players scored goals; he’s just eager to begin his first season with the boys’ team.
“I never saw them play last season,” Komons said. “I know there are some good teams out there with a lot of talent. It’s a mystery but it’s exciting.”
“I know that I have 19 guys willing to work hard,” he added. “I know what it takes to have a winning program and I never settle for less. I’m always expecting more.”
Komons said it’s hard to set goals when you don’t know what you’re up against. “My personal goal is to be No. 1,” he said. “We will never settle for mediocrity and we’ll always try to achieve more.”
Komons played soccer at Frederick High School and at Methodist University, where he was captain of the first team for his final two years.
After college graduation, Komons coached the boy’s varsity soccer team at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville for four years. During that time, his team won three championships.
In addition, Komons served as an assistant coach for the women’s team at Methodist University.
Wakefield will play a 20- game schedule this season, including non-conference matches with Cary, Knightdale, Holly Springs, Jordan, Smithfield and Panther Creek.
“We will give 100 percent every match and we will try to find the right 11 on the field,” Komons said. “Right now it’s hard to tell how we will be. But you will see one of the hardest working teams on the field,” he added.