Mount Airy soccer coach Will Hurley has been tapped to help coach a boys’ team in the Powerade State Games of North Carolina.
The 27th-annual Powerade Games will take place throughout June in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.
Hurley and Sean Fitzgibbon, Randleman, are assisting Coach Shaun Abernathy, Western Guilford.
The state is split up into several regions, and Hurley is part of the Midwest district.
All rising juniors and seniors in this area are eligible to try out for the team.
Western Guilford already has hosted a tryout and will hold another one Saturday from 5-7 p.m.
Hurley said he has encouraged his players to come out, and so far four already have. Included in the mix are co-captains Mitchell Brown and Carlos Carrillo. He also recalled seeing East Surry’s Ethan Atkins.
This is a great opportunity for players to get their names and faces out there with college coaches, he noted. Kids going to 1A and 2A schools might not get the same recognition as the bigger schools, but scouts certainly will be on location when these games are played at Wingate University.
The first tryout wasn’t as heavily attended as the coaches had hoped because a lot of players were busy with club teams this spring. Hurley encouraged others from this area to come out Saturday.
This is Hurley’s first time working with the boys’ team. Last year he made his Powerade debut coaching the girls’ team.