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Longtime Jessamine County soccer fixture hopes new book will help coaches develop trust among players

West Jessamine players celebrate the 4-0 win against Lexington Catholic to win the KHSAA girls' state soccer championship at R. L. Grider Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, November 5, 2016. DeAngelo Wiser, now an assistant women’s coach at Asbury, was the program’s first head coach.
West Jessamine players celebrate the 4-0 win against Lexington Catholic to win the KHSAA girls' state soccer championship at R. L. Grider Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, November 5, 2016. DeAngelo Wiser, now an assistant women’s coach at Asbury, was the program’s first head coach.

DeAngelo Wiser, an assistant women’s soccer coach at Asbury who coached girls’ soccer at Jessamine County, West Jessamine and East Jessamine from 1992-2012, has written a book to help coaches of any sport improve their relationships with players, parents and others involved in youth sports. It’s titled “Winning Your Players” and is available on Amazon digitally and physically.

Wiser wasn’t the first coach at Jessamine County but he was in on the ground floor of a program that eventually split into two schools. West Jessamine, of whom Wiser was the first girls’ soccer coach, last weekend became the second non-city public school to win a girls’ soccer championship. He remains very active in Jessamine County’s soccer community.

“I’m not really a part of either program, but I still feel attached to everything that goes on in the county,” Riser said.

Most coaches hone in on the X’s and O’s of their game well enough, Wiser said. One of his hopes is that his book will improve coaches’ ability to relate and communicate with their players away from the field, which he believes translates to better on-field performance.

“Every day coaches face tough decisions they have to make based on challenges outside the game,” Wiser said. “ ... Sometimes we try to run plays to win a game and the players do what we ask. But can we get them to do it with a belief that ‘Yes, this play is gonna work because I’ve watched coach all year long and his actions match his words and we believe in him or her.’”

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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