BELLE GLADE – Rose Pawlin has a new baby, Damien, who is five months old. As much as she loves being a mother, she also has another baby to care for: the Glades Central boys soccer program.
Pawlin, 27, played high school soccer as a goal keeper when she attended Nova High School in Broward County. She joined the Glades Central staff as an Assistant Coach three years ago, and remembers being promoted to head coach during the middle of a match last year. This is her first season as head coach.
Pawlin teaches English for grades 9-11 and is also the drama coach at Glades Central. She received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University.
Pawlin was born and raised in Plantation.
“I dabbled in all sorts of sports as a kid and I wanted to keep busy. Soccer was a sport I was relatively good at,” she told the Belle Glade Sun last week.
Pawlin said she saw the advertisement for an assistant soccer coach and decided to apply. She said she is glad she did as the boys bring her a lot of joy.
“It has definitely developed a lot. We were shutout in nearly every match last year. We looked really bad. This year we are having close matches, ties and some close losses.”
Pawlin said Glades Central almost has two opponents in each match, the actual opponent and the referees. She said for years Glades Central has not been taken seriously in soccer and this needs to change.
The players all put in a lot of time. They are expected to attend three practices per week, maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average, and must attend school on the day of games to play. They also must show good conduct and respect in school.
“They must behave. There is a big sense of family. These boys are my kids. In our huddle we break with the word family.”
Pawlin said the improvement this year has been significant. Andrew Louis never played soccer before, but tried it this year and has risen to be the team captain.
“It is an amazing story. He came into the year not knowing anything and is now a leader,” she added.
The team spends a lot of time with each other off the field as well and support and mentor each other.
The team has some big local matches coming up with a game this week at Glades Day and a return match at Pahokee on Jan. 13.
Pawlin said the soccer program could not have improved without the constant support of the school administration.
“I really want to thank Mrs. Moore (principal) and Mr. Dennis Knabb (athletic director) for helping me out and helping the support of the soccer program and its improvement. I’m amazed at the difference that I’ve seen.”
Pawlin also wanted to thank her Assistant Coach David Mennillo for his support.
Members of the Raider soccer team this year include Omar Alcala, Deyvi Moya, Jesse Davis, Diego Garcia, Elvis Pantoja, Abraham Garcia, Andres Garcia, Daniel Flores, Juan Perez, Juan Macias, Apolinary Macias, Martin Garcia, Edwin Benitez, Ricky Ramirez, Andrew Louis, Ivan Juarez and David Garcia, Dalan Leil, German Avila, Daniel Roman and Wadley Medalcy.