Going to work has spurred many lifestyle quotations, such as “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Jalen Pierrotti is combining a couple of things that are high on his list in becoming the new coach of the Livonia High boys soccer team.
He replaces Aiman Bayoumi, who accepted the position as principal of Rougon Elementary and Junior High.
“I’m excited about the teaching aspect,” Pierrotti said. “My mother is a long-time educator in Pointe Coupee Parish.
“I love soccer, so why not do two things I enjoy?”
A 2014 graduate of Catholic High of Pointe Coupee, Pierrotti was a three-sport athlete for the Hornets, playing soccer, football and baseball.
A 2018 graduate of LSU, he will be teaching high school math at the STEM Magnet Academy of Pointe Coupee.
Pierrotti said he has not had a chance to meet his Wildcat team but plans on meeting them in August to outline his goals and philosophy.
“I want to take the program to the point where kids really want to be a part of the program,” Pierrotti said. “We want to play soccer at a high level.”
The first-time head coach admits that his sport does not have the popularity of football or basketball in America, but it is making strides.
“There’s a lot more to soccer than you see when you’re looking in,” Pierrotti said. “There is a lot going on on the field.
“You have more fun playing than watching,” he added.
Soccer involves the whole team, Pierrotti said, and, “We will focus on teaching teamwork.
“The whole team has to be engaged. We need the whole team,” he said.
“You can’t have just two or three guys. All of them have to step up.”
Conditioning and preparation also on his list for the Wildcats, who went 10-4-1.
“Your legs are a lot stronger than you think,” Pierrotti added.
The coach said he does not want his team to see practice or matches as work.
“They will see that soccer can be engaging and fun,” he said.