Wed­der­burn giv­ing STETHS a win­ning edge

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - –P.C.

WESTERN BU­REAU MOST COACHES prowl the touch­line from their des­ig­nated coach’s area, many are of­ten found seated with steely-eyed fix­a­tion on the ac­tion on the field of play, but St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School’s (STETHS) head coach, Omar Wed­der­burn, kneels for the en­tire du­ra­tion of a game.

His unique van­tage point, he as­serts, gives him a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive from most and af­fords him think­ing time to plot strate­gies and tac­tics in real time.

Wed­der­burn has made the oneknee pose his own among lo­cal foot­ball coaches and, with it, he has laced up a string of suc­cesses only few can even match.

Known in some cir­cles as the ‘philo­soph­i­cal coach’, Wed­der­burn has man­aged to groom a STETHS team he took con­trol of af­ter for­mer head coach An­drew Ed­wards left for ri­vals Munro Col­lege in 2012.

“We have to give An­drew credit for what he achieved at STETHS. He was the one who set us on this path. I only con­tin­ued where he left the pro­gramme, adding my own flavour to it,” Wed­der­burn said.

WIN­NING FOR­MULA

Since then, he has been in­stru­men­tal in guid­ing them to two daCosta Cup crowns, reach­ing the fi­nal in five straight years, serv­ing as Ed­wards’ as­sis­tant for the 2011 and 2012 teams that lost in the fi­nal to Rusea’s and Glen­muir, re­spec­tively.

Wed­der­burn found the win­ning for­mula in 2013 when he guided STETHS to the daCosta Cup ti­tle, lost to Claren­don Col­lege in the 2014 fi­nal, then stormed back to lift the ti­tle for a fifth time in the school’s his­tory in 2015.

In that time, they have racked up an amaz­ing six-suc­ces­sive Ben Fran­cis knock­out ti­tles, and could make it seven on the trot when they tackle Len­non High in the fi­nal this af­ter­noon.

“It is true that a team adopts the coach’s per­son­al­ity and at­ti­tude. I am happy my play­ers see me as a role model and have adopted the win­ning men­tal­ity. It is al­ways about be­ing first for me,” the STETHS coach stated.

“I have had suc­cess, but it’s not me alone. We have built a great sys­tem here at STETHS. The prin­ci­pal, all the teach­ers, stu­dents, and even the se­cu­rity per­son­nel, have bought into it,” Wed­der­burn rea­soned.

WED­DER­BURN

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