By Rich Fisher
Sep. 6: He is one of the most well-known and popular boys soccer coaches in Mercer County and yet he has never coached a varsity game.
But he sure has prepared a lot of kids to play varsity.
Jim “Jules” Giglio started his 32nd season in style as the Steinert freshman boys soccer coach, as the Spartans 5-3 victory over visiting Lawrence was the 300th of Giglio’s career. And that is only in boys soccer, and does not count all the victories he amassed as Spartans freshman and varsity girls basketball coach.
The win came on a rainy day on Reynolds Middle School’s lower field in front of a massive opening-day crowd that included the current Spartan varsity and JV teams as well as Giglio’s former players. Sebastian Strama was a major player in the milestone as he picked up three goals and an assist. Nelson Guerra had a goal and an assist, Collin St. John had two assists and Cody Pearson tallied the fifth goal.
When it was over, Jules was presented with a ball and plaque signifying his achievement. As he was mobbed by players past and present, Giglio told them “You’re all a part of this. Every single one of you!”
To get Jules’ thoughts on his special moment, click on to video above.