Josh Garmon has never been afraid of hard work. According to Glasgow High School coaches, the soccer standout is the first to practice, the last to leave and he’s willing to do whatever the coaches ask him to do.
That willingness to work hard and listen to coaches will serve him well over the next four years as Garmon signed a national letter of intent Thursday to play soccer next year for national powerhouse Lindsey Wilson College.
“I have always wanted to do something athletically in college. I have always dreamed about that,” Garmon said. “(I played a lot of sports, but) I stuck with soccer when I got into high school and I wanted to pursue playing soccer in college. This opportunity, to play at Lindsey Wilson College, came up and I am excited to be able to take advantage of it.”
Garmon signed his national letter of intent during ceremonies at the high school cafeteria. Many teammates, friends and family members joined him for his big day.
Lindsey Wilson College was always on top of Garmon’s college list. He looked at other schools, but he said Lindsey Wilson had so many things he was looking for.
“I always wanted to go to college somewhere local, I don’t really want to be too far from home. And Lindsey Wilson is such a good soccer school,” Garmon explained. “The men’s program, they have nine national titles. It is a local school, so all of that just made me want to go there.”
Glasgow assistant coach Bruce Leeson thinks Garmon made the right decision in choosing Lindsey Wilson College.
“I think it will be good for Josh to play for Lindsey Wilson,” Leeson said. “He’s got a strong field presence and he’s got one of the best shots I’ve seen in a long time. I think if he keeps working hard every day in practice, he will do well.”
For Garmon, the real work begins now. He will be joining one of the top soccer programs in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) next year. The Blue Raiders completed the 2013 season with a 17-4-2 overall record and their 20th appearance in the NAIA national tournament. In addition to the nine national titles, the last one coming in 2011, LWC has won 10 Mid-South Conference regular season championships and 12 MSC tournament titles.
The Blue Raiders are also well-known for their ability to recruit on an international level. A total of 23 players on their 26-man varsity roster are from outside the United States.
“I definitely have to work on my fitness, that’s huge in soccer,” Garmon said about making the transition to college soccer. “I am going to have to work a lot harder than I have here in high school to get ready for that level.
“I am ready to go in there and work my way up. I am not going in expecting to make Lindsey Wilson’s varsity, but I want to go in there, work hard, listen to the coaches and work my way up.”
Leeson said that attitude will serve Garmon well.
“My advice to Josh would be, ‘You have to work hard. You can’t come out and just think you’re going to make it. You have to step up your game,” Leeson explained. “You’re moving up to a whole new level of play. You’ve got to work twice as hard as you are working now.’ If he can do that, I think he will be successful.”
Garmon said he knows he wouldn’t have been able to have the opportunity to play college soccer without the support of a lot of people.
“I have to give a big thank you to (former Glasgow boys coach) Shaun Goulbourne. He coached me here at Glasgow and he gave me the opportunity to play for the (Southern Kentucky) SKY Club in Bowling Green,” Garmon said. “I would like to thank coach Joe Mercer, my coach last year, and all the other coaches. I also want to thank my family and all my friends for supporting me.”