Frenship soccer coach named 2015 male coach of year

04-09 Eric Eugenis FCA 1BY BRYAN NAVARETTE

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Frenship High School boys soccer coach Eric Eugenis was named the 2015 Male Huddle Leader of the Year by the Greater South Plains Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

“It’s humbling,” Eugenis said. “My purpose is greater than wins or losses, and to be recognized is just a humbling feeling for me.”

The announcement and recognition took place on March 20 during the FCA’s annual Victory Banquet at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, according to a news release from Frenship ISD.

FCA Area Director Terry Kinard said the FCA awards one male and female every year for their outstanding commitment to the program.

Eugenis is one of 242 coaches who participate in the FCA program.

Eugenis, along with coaches Jimmy Curtis and Shannon Beeles, organize the weekly FCA meetings for Frenship High School students by scheduling special music and guest speakers.

“Eric has two great coaches in Frenship that work with him,” Kinard said. “Shannon Beeles and Jimmy Curtis, and those two guys help him in FCA out there.”

Eugenis was awarded for his hard work with the FCA and for his increase of student participation in Wolfforth, according to Kinard.

Eugenis recently attended an FCA coaches retreat in which he said he was able to regain focus on what it is he set out to do when he joined the program.

“It was just an awesome opportunity for me and my wife to regain our focus on what’s important,” Eugenis said, “and just to really understand what my purpose really is. So, coming back knowing my purpose and coming back having a better focus on why I coach and what my calling really is kind of helps us redirect what we were doing here at Frenship with our FCA.”

Coaches from various places, NFL members and families attended the event to talk about the program and discuss ways to get people involved.

Kinard said after Eugenis returned from the retreat his FCA meeting attendance grew from 25 to 30 students to an average of 125 students.

“This year they have averaged about 100 to 125 kids every week in their FCA meetings,” Kinard said. “They’ve also brought a bunch of kids to game day. We have a big FCA sports camp at Texas Tech every summer and they make sure that we have athletes at that sports camp. So, they just have gotten busy and have done a great job out at Frenship.”

Eugenis is also instrumental in inviting Frenship students to FCA events throughout the year that include FCA Game Day at Tech, Fields of Faith, and FCA Sports Camp during the summer, according to the district. The FCA events average 1,200 kids.

“We set up events for our huddles leaders so that two (or) three times a year they can bring their different huddles to do different things,” Kinard said.

On the field, Eugenis led the Frenship boys’ soccer team to a successful season, qualifying for the state playoffs in the program’s first season in Class 6A.

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