An assistant on the 2006 Venice Excessive College soccer group which completed 1-8 beneath Nick Coleman, John Peacock the next yr took over because the Indians head coach.
A man who stated he loves the method of making ready through the week for a Friday night time sport, however not the sport itself as a result of “it offers me an opportunity to screw one thing up,” now was ready to screw one thing up. So Peacock, the rookie head coach, fearing failure, did the one factor he knew.
He labored his Indian gamers, then labored them some extra.
“Not being profitable,” Peacock stated. “We simply pounded them and pounded them, most likely an excessive amount of, and because the years have passed by, I most likely ought to have pulled off lots earlier.”
Nobody stop this system, and in sophomore Trey Burton, Peacock had what he known as “a powerful determine in our locker room and a fantastic individual.” The longer term Florida Gator and NFL tight finish believed in what Peacock was attempting to construct and the best way he was going to go about it.
“Trey was delivering the identical message to the gamers,” he stated. “He was all-in. That made it lots simpler.”
And with Burton, together with Indians equivalent to Dre Archer and Brandon Wilkinson main on the sector as properly, the Indians improved from 1-8 in 2006 to 8-4 in 2007 and 11-1 in 2008. This system’s basis had been poured and was now set.
The pinnacle coach who’s afraid of failure hasn’t skilled an entire lot of it. On Friday night time, Peacock’s Indians will seem of their fifth-straight regional last once they journey to Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. They’ve received the final 4, clearly establishing themselves because the dominant high-school program within the space.
Gamers who’ve performed for Peacock and coaches who work for him say it is not one issue that has translated to sustained success for this system. Former Indian and present Syracuse tight finish Aaron Hackett credit the extent of teaching and the dedication of the lads concerned.
“I feel all these guys actually care in regards to the children and what they’re getting executed,” he stated. “They make investments a lot time into this system all year long and never even simply through the soccer season.”
Yearly, greater than 100 children, Hackett stated, “purchase into this system. Every a type of children maintain one another accountable. Everyone seems to be held to the identical stage of accountability and the usual is about and it would not break to anyone.”
And it is an ordinary children like Hackett, who grew up in Venice idolizing Trey Burton, are greater than keen to achieve.
“The one factor you wish to be whenever you’re rising up is a Venice Indian,” he stated. “That was my greatest dream, simply to play on that stage.”
Clay Burton, a former participant now on Peacock’s employees, stated it is consistency in his perception in arduous work, preparation and psychological toughness.
“He is developed as a coach,” Burton stated, “however a few of the stuff that is non-negotiable on him is self-discipline and integrity and simply the best way he desires to do issues. And now we have nice children. You may’t depart the children out of this equation. Yearly they arrive they usually get essentially the most out of their expertise and what their expertise stage is.”
To play for Peacock means agreeing to go away your ego within the locker for the betterment of the group. “If now we have group success,” he stated, “all these particular person awards will include it.”
In 2016, Venice again Matt LaRoche was voted Class 7A Participant of the Yr. The subsequent yr, when Venice received the Class 7A state title, quarterback Bryce Carpenter was named Mr. Soccer and Peacock Coach of the Yr by the media who cowl highschool soccer.
As exemplified by LaRoche and Carpenter, Peacock will tailor his offenses to the skills of his gamers. “We attempt to do a superb job of adapting to what now we have,” he stated. “We’re not going to power one thing we’re not.”
Burton stated Venice’s freshman and JV groups mirror the varsity so the transition for gamers is seamless. And the preparation this system gives for faculty is invaluable.
“You’re head-and-shoulders above individuals, your friends, whenever you get to varsity,” he stated. “Particularly your incoming class.”
Peacock scheduling opponents in nationally televised video games not solely toughens the Indians for postseason play, it spotlights Venice to eyes across the nation that may like what they see.
“We play on an island, with a gorgeous stadium,” Hackett stated, “and we’re successful yearly. It is arduous to say ‘no’ to a program like that. I actually imagine that when you’re a gifted soccer participant within the space, Venice Excessive College goes to be one of the best place to go in your profession.”
Simply be ready to work as you’ve got by no means labored earlier than, purchase into the team-first idea, and try to be higher than you assume you’re. “It’s a must to be unselfish and put within the work,” Peacock stated.
The 2020 Venice Indians will need to have executed simply that. They’re in one other regional last.
Friday’s video games
CLASS 7A-REGION 4
Venice at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, 7 p.m.
CLASS 6A-REGION 3
Lake Gibson at Palmetto, 7:30 p.m.