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Palombo heading into first season as WCHS head coach
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WCHS soccer coach August Palombo, right, talks to Brody Cowans during high school soccer practice inside The Facility. This is Palombo’s first year as a head coach for WCHS soccer and he’s excited to get to work with this squad. - photo by Taylor Moore

August Palombo is ready for his first season at the helm of the Warren County High School soccer team, and he is exciting to get to work. 

Palombo has been an assistant coach for five years at WC, and one year at White County, but this is his first season as a high school head coach.

He was previously head coach for the WCMS Lady Pioneers.

Palombo played soccer through high school but never played in college, pointing out that most of the large state schools in Tennessee don’t have a men’s soccer program. He is feeling good about the high school’s program, calling this year’s team adaptable.

“We’re feeling pretty confident this year,” he said. “I’ve got a good group of seniors with leadership skills and I really look to them as leaders for the team.” 

Palombo has played soccer for around 15 years and credits these players for their intelligence.

“My seniors have played together a long time and have a lot of chemistry,” he added. “They have tactful awareness and a high soccer IQ. They’re a very smart team overall.” 

Palombo continued expressing the importance of having a smart team by adding, “You have to learn the game more quickly and more efficiently if you aren’t as athletic naturally.”  

He says that his junior players are having to cover a lot of ground this year since they didn’t have a freshman season due to Covid, but he is ready to see the growth. 

“We’ve got a nice mix of newer players and experienced ones.” 

He said the team has already shown much promise.