“What if I took over the program?” the son asked his father.
The son decided to apply for his father’s coaching job, and now Daryl Ferguson is in his first season as the head coach of the Spartans.
The younger Ferguson played soccer at St. John’s College High in Washington, D.C. and in college at Seton Hill University in western Pennsylvania, which was a Division II program when he left the school.
Ferguson, 33, also played pro soccer in North America and spent the previous nine years as a coach at DeMatha Catholic High in Hyattsville, the last two as the head coach of the varsity program in the competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
“I am more a kind of technical coach, a lot more technical and defense first,” Daryl Ferguson said. “The first few games we had shutouts. I am more willing to change formations during games based on what I think will give us an advantage.”
The winning goal came about 15 minutes in the match. “They played a long ball; the goalie had a miscommunication with the center. The guy poked it in,” the Laurel coach said.
They bounced back with a 5-0 victory over Flowers before losing to Parkdale, 5-4, in overtime, and Bowie, 1-0.
They are currently 7-3 heading into Thursday’s home contest against Flowers.
Laurel lost, 3-1, to Bowie in the regional finals last season and has played well so far this year.
“We have done more technical stuff,” said Diego Chavez, a senior and co-captain for the Spartans. “Last year, we played a 4-4-3. We still play that some, but we switch it up to 3-5-2 when he sees that the team can make that work.”
The starting goalie for Laurel is junior Joel Velasquez. Other seniors for the Spartans are defenders Mike Figueroa, Sharoz Khan and Cristian Polio, forward Trevor Ndambi and midfielder/forwards Kevon-Ariel Sonkeng and Kevin Ngatou-Chekem.