Wednesday 14 November, 2018

JC's Miguel Coley: Simply the best?

Jamaica College head coach Miguel Coley celebrates with his players after winning the Olivier Shield on Saturday. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Jamaica College head coach Miguel Coley celebrates with his players after winning the Olivier Shield on Saturday. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Jamaica College (JC) head coach Miguel Coley will reportedly leave the school to join a club team in Iran, having guided the ‘Blues’ to a record fifth straight Olivier Shield title over the weekend.

Under Coley’s tenure as head coach, JC also won five straight Manning Cup titles, a Flow Super Cup and a Walker Cup.

On the surface, one would be forgiven to believe without a doubt that Coley was the best coach in the league. However, there has been some debate within football circles whether this is indeed the case.

Some argue that Coley benefited from a strong recruiting system at JC, which attracted the best schoolboy footballers across the island and, as a result, did not have to do much in terms of strategizing and inspiring to achieve success.

JC's Miguel Coley shakes hands with Ruseas coach Vassel Reynolds after their Olivier Shield encounter on Saturday.

Sports commentator Oral Tracey, in a Jamaica Gleaner column in October, questioned whether the “real big coaches” are the likes of Holy Trinity’s Devon Anderson and Charlie Smith’s Jerome Waite who consistently produce good results despite their lack of recruiting and limited resources.

What’s worse is that Trinity has lost some of their better players to JC over the years – among them, Tevin Rochester and Ronaldo Brown.

However, isn’t coaching greatness determined by one achieving more than what was expected? Coley has won every single Manning Cup and Olivier Shield he has contested since his arrival at Old Hope Road. Did you expect that return?

What’s more, Coley lost just one Manning Cup game in five seasons and has demonstrated an ability to make tactical adjustments and inspire his team to overcome in trying times.

Against that background, you join the debate in the poll below.

Was Miguel Coley the best coach in schoolboy football?

Yes, the results speak for themselves
67%
No, he mostly benefited from JC's recruiting system
23%
Too difficult to determine
10%