Armando Garcia has coached at Davis for the past 19 years (Photo: KNDO / SWX)
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Letting it all hang out: It's the Davis Boy's soccer philosophy, a philosophy not too many other teams have. So far, it has provided the Pirates with the advantage on the field.
Many coaches and teams preach composure, staying even keel, never letting your opponent see you get emotional. What happened to the fire? Where's the passion? It's at Davis High School.
"They definitely wear their emotions on their sleeves," said Pirates Head Coach Armando Garcia. "That's a good thing. It's easier to calm them down a little bit, versus trying to bring them up. It's coming from their heart and that's the winning part this group has."
It is a winning team that thrives on its emotions. Garcia has been running the Pirate's Soccer Ship for 19 years, making the playoffs all but one year. Clearly, letting it all show, works.
"He likes us to be emotional, because if you don't have any emotion you're not going to play right on the field," said Senior Captain Rudy Sanchez.
"I think it's necessary," said Midfielder Adolfo Mora. "I mean, why keep it in and let it out later. There's no point to later. You can't go back and change what happened already. You might as well show it when it's there and when it happens. I think it helps."
Once again this season, Davis soccer is poised for another playoff run at 7-2. They are hoping to win Coach Garcia his 3rd league title in 19 seasons as leading man.
"Once you cross this line onto the soccer field, you're at work," said Sanchez.
This workman-like mentality stems from Coach Garcia's philospophy that once you step onto the field, it's time to give it your all. And that is whether it is practice or game time.