Coaches Corner: Getting to know Laurence Enticott
By Amanda Lowrance
Coach Laurence Enticott holds a true accent to where he from and has done a wonderful job coaching the local Selmer United Soccer and Freed Hardeman University Rugby Teams. But who is he really?
From western England, he was raised on a farm in a very small village on the border of the two rural counties of Somerset and Devan,
“My grandmother ran the local pub,” said Enticott. “My aunt ran the local post office. My dad was a keen, amateur sportsman.”
The area was very isolated. Enticott attended an elementary school in England that held a grand total of 23 children from ages 5-11.
“As a real youngster, I didn’t play that much sport.” The young children there only played sports mainly for fun, with no competitiveness.
Enticott later received a scholarship from a private school in Britain to play rugby in the winter.
“John Kendal Carpenter was head of the English rugby union at the time. The man actually went on to tame the first rugby world cup.”
This developed Laurence’s love of sports. “Going to a school where sports is such an important part of the curriculum.”
Q. What is your earliest sports memory?
A. I think I was six and it was only one of only a handful of soccer games I ever played in elementary school. I do remember scoring in that game.
Q. What is your best sports memory?
A. I was part of a very successful school rugby team that we played five consecutive years winning every single game that we ever played in. With cricket I have been lucky enough to play with and again some players that have went on to be the best in the world.
Q. What’s your inspiration?
A. I suppose from a fairly early age going to Wellington school. The way the school is set up the older you become in school the more responsibility you get. By the time you reach 17 and 18-years-old you are effectively running quite a chunk of the school. I had already gotten involved in coaching when at school.
I still consider myself a player/ coach. I still play sports and will play as long as my body will hold up. I have seen plenty of inspiration from 17 and 18-year-olds recently, so I am not thinking of quitting soon.
I have always known that particularly coming from a small, village environment where there wasn’t many people there to give guidance, how important that is to develop the players at whatever age.
I have been involved in the coaching of soccer, cricket, and rugby back in Britain. When I moved here I got involved very quickly with the community center. I saw what the soccer programs were like and I knew I could be of benefit here.
Part of it was the selfish motivation that I still wanted to play. If I wanted to play at an adult level I had to create something.
I quickly came to realize that there was a lot of talented kids here of various sports that were not involved with the school system. This gave birth to the Selmer United Soccer Team, giving them the opportunity to develop their game.
All of these kids are doing it because they love the sport. They are not being forced to do it. We just continue to grow.
Q. Did you attend college?
A. I complete what in America would be a high school education. In Britain you take an exam per subject when you get to sixteen and then what we called an A level once you get to eighteen. I then went on to do a degree at Bristol University in England in math. I graduated with a second class honors. I am one of those that believe in education for life and I am a continual learner.
Q. Are there any players that stand out?
A. In my UA soccer team, we have at least three very talented boys who I would be devastated if they didn’t get full scholarships at good soccer universities.
I want to work with people who want to learn the game or become better at the game.
Q. What is your philosophy towards coaching?
A. You have to treat every player you work with individually. We are all human and we are all different. You have to spend enough time with your players to understand how to motivate them correctly. I have now been playing for 42 years and I hope that I have at least another 25 still in me.
Lawrence has represented the UK Civil Service in several national tournaments and played for five amateur English leagues. He coached in the UK for six years and moved his skills to the USA for his commitment in advancing the game of soccer.