HIGH SCHOOL

The recipe for Greencastle-Antrim's soccer success? Talent, mixed with tough love

Dylan Jacobs
Chambersburg Public Opinion

Greencastle-Antrim girls' soccer has had a run of dominance over the past few years, and there have been many reasons for that, but it’s been the Noblit family at the forefront of it.

Chris Noblit is in his third season as head coach of the Blue Devils, and his daughter, Haley Noblit, is in her third season on varsity as a junior.

Last year, Haley was a Mid-Penn All-Colonial first-team selection, while Chris was named the Colonial Division Coach of the Year. 

It shows that becoming the head coach was the right decision.

“She may not think this, but it’s very special to me,” Chris said. “I was hesitant to take the job, I didn’t know how it would go coaching her, but I’ve coached her for her entire life.”

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The past few years have shown that the work they put in has paid off. And it continues to pay off as Haley continues to succeed.

“He’s pretty much coached me my whole life,” Haley said. “We’d wake up at 5 a.m. in the summer and work on things, and me doing those things in games and seeing that work pay off really means a lot to him, and it means a lot to me, too.”

Haley Noblit looks over at a throw in as Greencastle-Antrim and Northern played to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Even though this is just a continuation of what they did as she was growing up, Chris knows it’s more difficult now.

“I will say it’s rougher coaching her now in high school, maybe it’s because she’s grown and can talk back now …,” Chris said with a chuckle. “I know that I’m harder on her than I am with anybody else, and I know that makes her mad.”

The tough coaching does seem to be working, as Haley is one the area’s most elite scorers with 20 goals on the season so far.

But that attention does come with its ups and downs.

Madison Koons attempts a corner kick as Greencastle-Antrim and Northern played to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday, October 12, 2022

“It’s definitely difficult at times,” Haley said. “I feel like it can get a little personal but when we just focus on coaching and forget about the whole father-daughter thing, we work well as a team.”

Some teammates notice a difference in the way he coaches her, and some don’t. But one of her teammates, Rylee Henson, sees that it does often help her in the end.

“It’s only because he cares and wants to see her succeed,” Henson said. “Sometimes it’s not the best for her but it drives her, helps her push more, to get that anger out for her dad.”

As Haley puts it, “I’ve definitely learned to deal with it.”

Rylee Henson celebrates her opening goal with Natalie Hanks as Greencastle-Antrim and Northern played to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday, October 12, 2022

She’s dealt with it well, as she looks to be a lock for another All-division first team selection, possibly even Player of the Year, and as a team, the Devils are in a very strong position.

Even with their first loss of the season to Trinity on Monday, the Blue Devils are still 14-1-1 on the season, and will have strong seeding in the postseason.

But seeing Haley, and the team, do the things that they are doing makes Chris happy as a coach and as a father. 

“It means the world to me to see her perform the way she does,” Chris said. “It builds pride in a dad and in a coach.”