www.mozilla.com Weather Central
Voices
Headlines

Royals slammed by Red Sox -9/15/2014, 4:42 PM

Keselowski wins at Chicagoland -9/15/2014, 4:42 PM

KSU defense ready for test -9/15/2014, 4:42 PM

Broncos escape Chiefs -9/15/2014, 4:42 PM

Tigers roll at NSU -9/14/2014, 10:23 AM

FHSU volleyball goes 2-2 in S. Dakota -9/14/2014, 7:53 PM

TMP boys second, girls third at Wamego -9/14/2014, 7:53 PM

Hays High thrashes Great Bend -9/13/2014, 1:03 PM

Area prep scores, Sept. 12 -9/12/2014, 10:24 PM

Ellis holds on for first win, beats TMP -9/12/2014, 7:54 PM

TMP volleyball 0-3 in Larned -9/12/2014, 10:30 AM

TMP soccer beats HHS -9/12/2014, 10:29 AM

Royals fall to Red Sox -9/12/2014, 10:29 AM

HHS volleyball earns sweep at Dodge now 8-0 -9/12/2014, 10:29 AM

HHS second in Dodge, leads WAC -9/12/2014, 10:29 AM

Tigers look to bounce back on road -9/12/2014, 10:29 AM

HHS second in Dodge, leads WAC -9/12/2014, 10:29 AM

Goodell in hot seat amid Ray Rice video reports -9/11/2014, 10:22 AM

HHS advances to semis, will face TMP -9/11/2014, 10:22 AM

HHS, Great Bend meet in rivalry game -9/11/2014, 10:22 AM

Goodell in hot seat amid Ray Rice video reports -9/11/2014, 10:21 AM

TMP, Ellis look to bounce back -9/11/2014, 10:21 AM

Tigers back to work for Week 2 -9/10/2014, 10:30 AM

TMP soccer wins opener at Maize South -9/10/2014, 10:22 AM

TMP girls' golf second in Goodland -9/10/2014, 10:21 AM

Royals fall, now tied -9/10/2014, 10:19 AM

KU coach Weis: 'The players should just shut up' -9/10/2014, 10:18 AM

Not really a week off for KSU -9/10/2014, 10:17 AM

HHS 3-0, TMP 1-2 at Goodland -9/10/2014, 10:17 AM

HHS tennis third in Great Bend -9/10/2014, 10:16 AM

Brungardt leads Indians to second-place finish -9/10/2014, 10:15 AM

Chiefs' Reid accepts responsibility for struggles -9/9/2014, 10:23 AM

Royals collpase in Detroit -9/9/2014, 10:22 AM

Running back Rice's future in NFL uncertain -9/9/2014, 10:22 AM

KSU creative with schedule -9/9/2014, 10:22 AM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

Click To View All


myTown Calendar

SPOTLIGHT
New HHS coach has a 'passion for the game'

[var top_story_head]

New HHS coach has a 'passion for the game'

Published on -7/10/2014, 12:37 PM

Printer-friendly version
E-Mail This Story

By AUSTIN COLBERT

acolbert@dailynews.net

Jim Maska credits many people for helping him discover his passion for soccer, but at the top of that list is Justin Dempsey, a longtime coach for the Hays Soccer Club, and his three sons. All of them pushed him toward a path that would eventually overtake his life for the best.

"I was standing on the sideline and I was talking a little bit to a couple of the parents and Justin overheard me. Justin said, 'Hey, you really want to learn the game?' 'Yeah, I do.' After that it was all out," Maska said.

"Both my older boys, Jeremy and Jordan both, tried football one year and said, 'Dad, we just love soccer too much.' I let my kids choose what they wanted. I didn't say you have to do this or this. I just wanted them to be happy. They just really took to soccer whole heartedly and that's when my passion really grew and grew and grew."

Maska, a 1983 Hays High School graduate, never played soccer growing up, instead playing football, basketball and competing in track and field. But through his children, the oldest of which are now 23 and 21, found a passion for coaching soccer, a passion that inspired new Hays High Athletic Director Chris Michaelis to name Maska the boys' and girls' soccer coach at HHS for the upcoming school year.

Maska, who has spent the last two seasons as an assistant soccer coach at Hays High, is replacing Saul Hernandez, who resigned last month after accepting a teaching position in Liberal after one year of leading the program.

"What I liked about him is he has a lot of passion for the game," said Michaelis, who coached Hays High soccer for 17 seasons before stepping down in the spring of 2013. "He is concerned not just with the kids as soccer players but as human beings. He is going to put the kids first. It might be what you need to do to have a very good, successful program."

Maska, 49, got his start as a coach 14 years ago with the Hays Soccer Club. Prior to his two years as an assistant at Hays High, Maska spent four years as an assistant at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, working alongside current TMP girls' coach Darryl Wellbrock. Maska also has a background coaching basketball and spent two seasons coaching at TMP under Alan Billinger before he retired.

Maska has been very successful as a club coach, guiding multiple teams to tournament championships over the summer months. He has coached everything from the Under-14 teams to the U-19 teams, and is excited about getting to continue to work with the high school kids, most of which he has known for a long time through the camps.

"It's been one of my dreams to be able to eventually be able to do that and just to get the kids to love the game as much as I've grown to love it," Maska said. "I just really stayed involved with (the kids) and it's nice to hear their voice. It's just been an amazing thing for me. I don't feel like I have three sons, I feel like I have 100 kids out there."

Both of Maska's older sons earned college scholarships for soccer, and his youngest, 13-year-old Jacob, plays on a 14-under club team.

Maska, whose hire was approved Monday by the USD 489 Board of Education, will be a Rule 10 coach. He currently manages No Pest Inc. in Hays outside of coaching.

digg delicious facebook stumbleupon google Newsvine
More News and Photos

Associated Press Videos