The pitch is Plummer’s classroom
Timothy Plummer has a passion for soccer that never seems to change. That was true when he was known as a scrappy midfielder at Douglas High, and now, he is back to share that passion in his new role as the Tigers’ junior varsity girls coach.
“I’m excited to be here,” he said. “We have a great group of girls. I can see on their faces that they’re coachable, ready to learn and ready to grow.”
Plummer, a 2000 Douglas graduate, previously spent two seasons as the Tigers’ JV boys coach in 2014-15 and last fall was director of the new girls soccer program at Sierra Lutheran High School. He also coached at Whittell High School in 2013 and currently serves as president of the Carson Futbol Club.
“It’s all about the Valley and continuing to grow the soccer community,” Plummer said, referring to the Carson Valley and Carson City area.
His own experience has been somewhat unique. In 2000, Plummer pursued his education at UNLV before he returned and worked toward his Associate of Arts degree from Western Nevada College. He later earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado Christian University.
“It took a while,” Plummer said. “I had a learning process there. I had to go back, I did an adult online program while I was working full-time and raising my family and coaching. It was a long trek.”
Plummer lives in Jacks Valley and is a youth pastor for the First Presbyterian Church in Carson City. He and his wife, Gena, have four children.
The JV Tigers were 15-0-1 last year under Rick Smith (now the varsity coach), and expectations remain high after 54 girls tried out for the varsity and JV rosters this past week.
Plummer, who helped Douglas reach the state tournament semifinals during his senior season, said the objective is to teach soccer.
“I definitely think it’s different,” Plummer said when asked about coaching at the JV level. “This is a lot more developmental and looking to the future. Like I told the girls yesterday, I love to win and I love to be competitive, but our main focus is for them to grow as players and have fun.
“To me, if our kids win in a specific skill or improve in an area, that’s when we win. And if they move up to varsity and qualify for state, or win state, that would be great.”