ALL-USA Boys Soccer Coach of the Year: Vincenzo Cox, Alief Elsik

Vincenzo Cox had no interest in coaching. None.

For the former collegiate track and field standout at the University of Houston who was in the 1996 Olympic Trials as a hurdler and later had soccer tryouts with the KC Wizards and Columbus Crew, he was ready to put his athletic life behind him and move into the education world as a high school teacher.

Now, 12 years later, he’s the ALL-USA High School Boys Soccer Coach of the Year after leading Elsik (Alief, Texas) to a 25-0-2 season and the program’s first ever state title.

“The first two years, I had no interest in coaching,” he said. “I didn’t see myself as a coach. Other coaches at Elsik knew my background so they started asking me to help out a day here, a day there. Then I worked with one kid, then two … I never went into it to be a coach, but then it happened. I just use all of my experiences from track and soccer, and I put it together.”

He’s leading right now…go vote