Getting to Know Coach Briggs
Getting to know Coach Briggs
Q) Being the new head coach this season, what was your main goal?
B) "The season did not go as well as everyone had hoped last year, so I wanted to put the team in a better position for playoffs by the end of this season. I really was hoping for another year to build the structure of the Hammerheads stronger and more sound overall, especially with the new players."
Q) How was the transition from former Hammerheads' MVP in 2009 to Head Coach of the 2016 team?
B) "During my playing years, I was always a lively part of the locker room. Through the transition however, I realized that I had to turn into the boss, keeping my team in check and focused at all times. I found myself from time to time falling back into old habits of goofing around with the guys. I had to establish the bold line between friend and coach."
Q) What are your hobbies or interests outside of coaching the soccer team?
B) "I like to relax with my buddies and explore the ins-and-outs of Wilmington such as parks and the beaches. I also spend as much time as I can with my nearly two-year-old daughter, Corsica. She really takes me away from the pressure of the game. I always set aside time for my little girl."
Q) What made you interested in coaching the Wilmington Hammerheads after playing the game for so long?
B) "Over the years I acquired a love and passion for the game of soccer and wanted to continue this passion even after my playing years were over. I grew very fond of my past coaches and they really inspired me to make the transition into coaching professional soccer. I also felt very comfortable doing so because of my experience."
Q) Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
B) "I always have my lucky penny with me and drink my favorite coffee, a vanilla latte, on game days. I also follow the same daily routine, if I've won a game in certain attire, I will wear that same outfit for the following game. Myself, and the team, are very superstitions on game days."
Q) What is one of your most memorable experiences with this year's team?
B) "Our first away match in Orlando is the most memorable to me. We stayed in a terrible hotel with a few parties going on within the residence. None of the guys got any rest that night and we still managed to pull out a 2-1 win. There was also a lot of pressure added by the media for that game because my former teammate, Jason Kreis, was the head coach of Orlando City."
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