By Datti Jinkiri
The awards keep coming in for Clinton High School’s boys soccer program. Head Coach Tyler Wade was recently named the MHSAA/NFHS Boys Soccer Coach of the Year earlier this month. This is the first time that the state championship winning coach has earned this honor in his career.
Wade’s Arrows finished the 2021-22 season with a 15-5-2 record. They won three road playoff games against Lewisburg, Tupelo and Madison Central on their way to the MHSAA Class 6A State Championship Game. In the final, the Arrows topped longtime rival Northwest Rankin 1-0 in overtime to win the school’s tenth boys soccer state championship.
Wade also had Gatorade Mississippi Boys Soccer Player of the Year Luke Hopkins under his tutelage. Last season, Hopkins scored 11 goals – including the game-winner in the championship game against Northwest Rankin – and tallied six assists. He is currently playing at Pearl River Community College.
Wade has made the playoffs in each of his nine years with the Arrows. He has won 104 games and has accumulated double-digit win totals in eight of his nine years in Clinton. Wade and his Arrows will now look to defend their state championship as they open the 2022-23 season in November.