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  • 3 weeks later...

Since this has gotten no traction as an M7 only thread, lets open it up to all of SWVA, shall we?!?!?

Galax lost head varsity soccer coach Troy Barkley to Pulaski in the offseason. Barkley led Galax to 5 state championships in 8 seasons and two runner-up finishes to boot. I don't fault coach Barkley for leaving. He grew up in Pulaski, played soccer and wrestled at Pulaski High School, and his entire family is in that area.

It's early but the new coaching staff doesn't impress. Galax is 0-3 having been outscored 15-2. Considering Galax only lost two players from a state runner-up finish last season, it's hard to imagine a decline in talent being a root cause. 

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On 3/29/2022 at 2:02 PM, sixcat said:

Since this has gotten no traction as an M7 only thread, lets open it up to all of SWVA, shall we?!?!?

Galax lost head varsity soccer coach Troy Barkley to Pulaski in the offseason. Barkley led Galax to 5 state championships in 8 seasons and two runner-up finishes to boot. I don't fault coach Barkley for leaving. He grew up in Pulaski, played soccer and wrestled at Pulaski High School, and his entire family is in that area.

It's early but the new coaching staff doesn't impress. Galax is 0-3 having been outscored 15-2. Considering Galax only lost two players from a state runner-up finish last season, it's hard to imagine a decline in talent being a root cause. 

Yeah losing is one thing. Losing by 4+ goals a game is something else entirely. Unless they just lost all of the talent that was there, seems more like a coaching/tactics issue from the outside. 

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  • 2 months later...

Galax had a dismal regular season by their standards, finishing 4th in the MED.

Today, they won their 6th state championship in 8 seasons. They won their last 6 games of the season to finish 14-8-2. 

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