MGCCC Unveils New Soccer Complex

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College cut the ribbon on their brand new soccer complex. The team hopes that this new facility gives them an edge on the playing field and entices recruits to commit to the Bulldogs soccer program.
News 25’s Hank Davis gives us the details.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is no stranger to athletic success. It’s being proven by the growth on their Perkinston campus. Their most recent project is a state-of-the art complex for the Bulldogs men and women soccer teams. MGCCC Women’s Soccer Coach Jackie Rhodes said, “This year is the first year that we’ve had our soccer complex. It’s brand new. It’s state-of-the-art. Obviously we’re a little biased, but we would say it’s one of the best in the state if not the best in the state.”
During the ribbon cutting, both the men and women’s teams took the field to prepare for a blue on white exhibition game to show off the level of talent the school aims to put on the playing field. The coaches are hoping that along with giving the team a place to prepare for games, the complex will serve as a recruiting tool when prospective players visit the campus. MGCCC Soccer player Aaron Johnson said, “First the fact that me and James are here speaks volumes for the college. The fact that we’re from overseas, Scotland and England, It’s great to have us both here. We’ve got two others here. Pulling in talent, as the coach will tell you, this is the best team we’ve had for years and we’ve got a real chance to win state.”
The team only hopes to get better from here, as they believe having the new facility makes their program more complete. MGCCC Soccer player James Beattie said, “It means that the training is more organized and more scheduled. We don’t just come out not knowing what we’re doing. We’ve got billboards in there that have got our names and sheets for training and scheduled training times. I was here last year as a sophomore, so I know what it’s like from walking back and forth to the dorm with clothes and this locker room and great facility. We don’t need to do that no longer.”

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