Arnett coach proves 'Waite' in gold by winning CHEC award
Hardly any room was left at the Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon, forcing football fans to take up positions on the roofs of neighbouring houses and other buildings to watch a captivating game between Arnett Gardens and hosts Humble Lion on Monday.
With his team in the spotlight, coach Jerome 'Jerry' Waite had one more reason to be excited as he was chosen as the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Star Coach for Round Two of the Red Stripe Premier League. The presentation was made during half-time of Monday night's football game where Waite was presented with a cash prize of $75,000 and a commemorative plaque.
To date, under Jerry's leadership Arnett Gardens have enjoyed a prominent place in the league, enjoying a true purple patch of 10-consecutive wins within the 2014-2015 season, which began last September.
The Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), in a statement, said Waite's role in the revival of 'The Jugglists' was crucial.
"Jerry's intimate knowledge of each member of his squad and his capability to be able to get the best out of the team enabled Arnett Gardens FC to move from 5th place to setting the pace by the end of Round Two," the statement said.s
The CHEC Star Coach of the Round is selected based on win percentage, disciplinary record, goal difference, deportment, co-operation with match officials and overall good behaviour.
The operations committee of the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) is charged with the responsibility of selecting the CHEC Star Baller of the Month and CHEC Star Coach of each round.
Coach Waite is no stranger to hard work and success as a coach. In the 2000-2001 football season, Jerry had coached Arnett Gardens FC, the National Water Commission (NWC) business house team and Charlie Smith High Manning Cup team.
During that season, Arnett Gardens were crowned champions of the National Premier League; NWC won four back-to-back titles -- League Cup for Division One, the Knockout Cup, the Challenge Trophy and the Champion of Champions Award; and Charlie Smith High took home the Walker Cup.
Under coach Waite's leadership, Arnett Gardens and NWC were the top recipients and received the aforementioned awards for the second consecutive time during the 2001-2002 football season. He was also the assistant coach for the Arnett Gardens Under-21 team, which also placed first in 2002 -- the same year that this competition was established.
It is evident that Waite is a born leader, and on Monday night, he added yet another accolade to his impressive career having been the recipient of the CHEC Star Coach of the Round Award.
Arnett Gardens Coach Jerome Waite is all smiles as he accepts the CHEC Star Coach Award for Round Two of the Red Stripe Premier League from Jennifer Armond, communications manager at China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Americas.