Walnut Ridge, Ark. - Gabriel Sitibaldi is the new head men's and women's soccer coach at Williams Baptist College, according to Director of Athletics Jeff Rider. Sitibaldi takes over after serving as an assistant coach for both teams from 2015 through 2017.
"I feel honored to be given the opportunity to be the head coach of the WBC soccer programs. I plan to build on the tradition already in place and look forward to taking the program to new heights. God has given me this opportunity, and I believe that by trusting him in all we do, the program will be a success," said Sitibaldi.
The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native will take over the two programs immediately. His experience includes playing soccer in three different countries. He was a captain of the Eagles soccer squad for two years and a student-assistant for one year before taking over as the assistant coach of the men's and women's teams.
"Coach Sitibaldi has made a great contribution to our program as an assistant coach. He has done a wonderful job of developing positive relationships with our soccer teams, as well as our athletic staff. I am thrilled to provide him the opportunity to be our next head soccer coach," said Rider.
"I want to thank everyone who believed in my work. I will make you all proud. Also, I would like to thank my family, as well as my in-laws for their support. Finally, I would like to thank Coach Stolz for mentoring and helping me grow as a man. Without the support of these people, I would not be in this position," Sitibaldi noted.
The new coach said his basic philosophy for coaching soccer includes ball possession, as well as hard work and effort. He said he believes each member of the team has a role and wants his players to reach their fullest potential on and off the field.
"My philosophy of play is a possession-oriented style. I believe you can win many games by keeping the ball. Also, I believe that hard work always triumphs over talent," added Sitibaldi.
Sitibaldi assumes the coaching mantle at his alma mater, where he was twice named academic all-conference, and he was selected for Who's Who's Among Scholar Athletes and his department's academic award.
He added, "Finally, I would like to thank Dr. Tom Jones, WBC's president, and Coach Rider for trusting in my work. I am honored to be able to work for such great people, and at this great institution."
The new coach said that he still has scholarship spots available for the 2017 season and will be actively recruiting players. Those who are interested in playing for the Eagles or Lady Eagles can contact him at [email protected] or 870-759-4228.
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