Legendary highschool soccer coach Carl Madison celebrated his ninetieth birthday Saturday surrounded by former gamers and colleagues, mates and visitors at Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Madison led the Tate Aggies to a 1980 state championship and took the Pine Forest Eagles to 2 state championships in 1987 and 1988. He is among the all-time winningest highschool coaches within the nation.
Madison sits at quantity two on Florida’s all-time soccer teaching victories checklist with a 326-129-7 file.
“I can recall Coach Madison saying, ‘desirous to win is just not adequate. You’ve bought to hate to lose. It has to burn in your intestine.’ That has caught with me since,” remarked Steve Campbell, former head soccer coach on the College of South Alabama.
He led the Tate Aggies to a 1980 state championship, and took the Pine Forest Eagles to 2 state championships in 1987 and 1988. The 1988 Eagle group was named as nationwide champions by USA At the moment, and Madison earned the title of the Nationwide Excessive College Soccer Coach of the Yr. All in all, he coached at 5 completely different Florida Excessive Colleges together with Ernest Ward, plus three out of state faculties.
“He was not solely my highschool soccer coach, or the top coach I ended up beginning my instructional profession underneath, he’s my pal,” stated Keith Leonard, present assistant superintendent of Human Useful resource Providers for the Escambia County College District. “He’s my mentor, somebody I care very, very deeply about. I really like him.”
His soccer days started early at Escambia County Excessive College in Atmore the place he performed tailback underneath Coach Herbert Barnes from 1945 to 1947, making him one in every of Atmore’s semi-famous “Barnes Boys” with 30 straight wins. After a stint within the Military, from 1950 to 1952, Madison performed school ball for Texas Tech and Troy State Academics Faculty within the mid-Nineteen Fifties.
Recent out of faculty, Madison coached for 4 years starting in 1957 at Ernest Ward Excessive College in Walnut Hill. He moved to Milton Excessive in 1961, teaching them to a state championship and 34 straight victories. He then took a training job at a Georgia Excessive College, dropping a state championship sport in 1968.
Madison joined the teaching workers at Tate in 1971 on his strategy to successful that 1980 state championship. He left Tate in 1983, heading to Pensacola Excessive for a few years. Then it was off to Pine Forest and people back-to-back state championships. He coached at an Albany, Georgia, college, one other 10 years at Milton Excessive and one other quick interval at PHS through the interval from 1989 till 2002.
“Coach Madison was like a father determine to many people although he could not have identified it on the time,” stated Mike Bennett, head soccer coach at Escambia Excessive College. “As gamers, he handled us all the identical; no favorites. He taught me about being punctual and accountable. We nonetheless discuss sometimes. I treasure these conversations. He’s an incredible man.”
In 2002, he took the top coach job on the small Jackson Academy in Alabama. The then 71-year outdated took over a group that had gone 0-10 previous to his arrival. He misplaced his first two video games at Jackson, however he went on to win the state championship. The next yr, Jackson was undefeated and gained one other state championship.
In 2009, Madison briefly got here out of retirement to as soon as once more take to the sphere at Tate, this time as an offensive guide.
“Belief me, being his nephew and his quarterback was not very enjoyable for me very often,” stated Scotti Madison, Vanderbilt College Corridor of Fame inductee and All-American. “It wasn’t apply; it was excellent apply. Day-after-day, time and again. Aside from my father nonetheless, he was an important man in my life.”
The Escambia County College Board will contemplate a decision at their January 19, 2021, assembly to call the Tate Excessive soccer subject as “Carl Madison Discipline.” The stadium will proceed to be referred to as the Pete Gindl Stadium.
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