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Rusea’s High seeks new football coach

Thursday, December 22, 2016    

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LUCEA, Hanover — The search is on for the new head coach of 10-time daCosta Cup champions Rusea’s High School following the departure of Aaron Lawrence after his three-year contract with the school ended recently.

His decision was accepted by the school’s principal, Linvern Wright, who described the former national goalkeeper as “an honourable man” told the Jamaica Observer West that “a lot of pressure comes with this job.”

The search for the third head coach at the school dating back to the early 1980s became public with a recent advertisement in a national daily newspaper seeking a replacement for Lawrence.


The Observer West understands that since then, interviews have commenced for the job.

Emerson “Diggy” Henry took the Lucea-based school to prominence in the early to mid-1980s, reaching the top of the schoolboy football with a string of victories.

Another former player, Anthony Follies Williams, who was Henry’s long-time lieutenant, also took charge of the team for a number of years and won the daCosta Cup and Olivier Shield in 2002.

Lawrence, who was part of the Rusea’s High team between 1985 and 1989, was hired at the start of the 2014 season when Williams was controversially relieved of the job.

Lawrence said part of the reason he decided to walk away from the job, was “external interference”.

He told the Observer West that the pressure that Wright spoke of was part of his decision, but added also that they had not “achieved most of the targets” set when he took the job at the start of the 2014 season.

The former Rusea’s High coach however pointed out that he had not given up on schoolboy football.

Lawrence, who also coaches the Sandals South Coast team in the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charlie’s JB Rum Super League, said he “is willing to build a programme and not rush to win at once”.

Under his guidance, Rusea’s High qualified for the lucrative FLOW Super Cup Knockout for the first time, beating Haile Selassie High in the first round before losing to Cornwall College on penalty kicks in the quarter-finals — in one of the most highly anticipated games of the entire schoolboy football season.

After a slow start in the 2014 season when they were second in Zone B behind Frome Technical, and then finished last in their inter-zone group, they made it as far as the quarter-finals the next two seasons and had a combined record of 19 wins, seven draws and eight losses over the period.

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