For a first-year varsity coach taking the helm of a football team whose only senior is also a first-year player, Trey Carter and the Faith Academy Knight football team are in much better hands than what appears on the surface.
Carter started his coaching career as the junior high football coach for Faith Academy last year after his job was eliminated in what he said was a blessing in disguise.
“I was a golf pro in Sealy and Stephen F. Austin before it shut down,” Carter said. “I had no intention of even coaching; I was in the golf business, wanted to be a pro golfer and all this stuff. When (the course) flooded it kind of hit me like a ton of bricks that I didn’t have a job and (Faith Academy) had offered me a job for a while, so I finally called and said I’d love to have that job if it’s available.”
He got right to work and took over the junior high program by doing things the way he thought were best and collected seven wins on the season with Noah Figueroa at quarterback who is now making the step up to high school competition this year.
“I had a really good quarterback who’s actually a freshman this year and he’s going to be the starter for the varsity this year. That made it a lot easier,” Carter said of his first year. “He’s a very intelligent kid, he knows where everybody’s supposed to be naturally and has a rocket for an arm, so I was really lucky to have a great team last year.”
Last year was James Crawford’s final year at the helm of the varsity program and although Carter only got one year with him before his retirement, the new head coach said he learned plenty in their short time together.
“There’s things that I picked up from him that I’m not sure he even knew I did,” Carter said. “I started learning instantly with him and there’s things that I’ll be doing for 20 years trying to figure out how he taught them that so easily. For me it’s harder to teach them than as easy as he did it in 30 minutes.”
One student-athlete who could need plenty of coaching and teaching this year will be senior Joshua Poorman, who is strapping on the pads and helmet for the first time.
“I told my wife when I came home the first day I said, ‘I hope every kid I coach from now on is like Josh Poorman,’” Carter recounted. “He doesn’t know one thing about football but he does whatever you tell him to do. It seems like he took naturally to playing a cornerback role, covering people on passing routes and he’s never in the wrong spot.”
Joining Poorman on the roster will be juniors Nathan Figueroa, Kaleb Shepherd and Maury Cano as well as sophomores Blaze Byler and Neil Johnston who all bring experience back to the six-man football field.
“We have a group of kids that are that are exceptional for my first year for me being a varsity coach,” Carter said. “Good kids to be around, and fun and very respectful kids you don’t mind going work for every day. They’re all very coachable, they’ll do whatever you ask them to do as hard as you say you want them to do it so I’m pretty lucky to be where I’m at.”