Carl’s Albert’s Andrew Thomsen – OKC Area Soccer Coach Spotlight Presented By Oklahoma Educators Credit Union

By Derrick Smith

Coaches have a bigger job than just teaching their athletes about sports. They also serve as role models and someone for them to look up to. Carl Albert soccer coach, Andrew Thomsen, says that one of the best parts of coaching is watching the players grow.

“The highlight for me is seeing the growth and progress of our athletes,” he said. “I love seeing our young athletes grow and develop as soccer players, and I love seeing our older athletes take on voluntary leadership roles to help their teammates with less experience. I also really enjoy seeing the change in behavior and conduct that the athletes have. There were ones that were disrespectful or did not really care about school, and I have seen them do a complete about face.”

Thomsen is the boys head soccer coach at Carl Albert and he is assisted by Cory McCalister. Andrew also coaches the boys and girls cross country teams at Carl Albert Middle School.

Even though Andrew enjoys coaching his athletes, being a coach was not his first choice. “While in college, I felt a calling to teach middle school or high school,” he stated. “Originally, I did not have a desire to coach at all because I felt that teaching is what I was being called to do and I did not want to compromise my influence in the classroom for athletics. I was talking to my high school track and cross country about it during my sophomore year of college, and he said that he did not want to push me, but asked if it would be okay for him to give me some food for thought on the matter. He told me that he has the opportunity to influence students as a positive example every day in the classroom and in track and cross country.”

Andrew is the coach he is today because of coaches that led him when he was young. “I was very fortunate to have many godly coaches who modeled great character inside and outside of sports to influence me throughout my life.”