HS boys soccer: Kira Matthews named new Preston boys soccer coach
The Preston High School boys soccer program will be changing considerably for the next season. Robert Bowles resigned as head coach, and the school filled that position with PHS graduate and former soccer player Kira Matthews.
Matthews, formerly Kira Miller, graduated from Preston High in 2011. In addition to playing high school soccer, where she lettered all four years as well as lettering in track and basketball three years, Matthews played and coached at the next level. She played a variety of positions at Western Wyoming Community College and Dakota Wesleyan University.
While at Western Wyoming Community College, Matthews spent a year as an assistant coach for the Mustangs. At Dakota Wesleyan University, Matthews received a scholarship to play for their soccer team and played on co-ed teams in the off-season.
As keeper for Dakota Wesleyan, Matthews was named to the Great Plains Athletic Conference honorable mention team for her performance in her final season. She set the DWU women’s single season record for most saves, finishing with 146. Throughout her final season, she had six games with double-digit saves, including back-to-back games against University of Sioux Falls and Northern State University to start the season.
“My experience has given me a diversity to see different styles of play and I have played every position,” Matthews said. “I know that talent is not going to take you all the way.
“You can be the best player there is but there can be someone who works ten times harder than you and they can beat you out. I know soccer. I can play soccer. I know how to play at the next level. I know how to get them to the next level if that is where they want to go, but it’s not just about winning games,. I want to teach them life lessons about being hard working, responsible, accountable, team players. It’s not just about them, it’s about the team. I want to have a lot of team play and get them to support each other and cheer each other on no matter what their role on the team is.”