Beginning over: Tim Chavous’ transition from soccer coach to tutorial adviser

Beginning over: Tim Chavous’ transition from soccer coach to tutorial adviser

By Joan Tupponce

Editor’s word: “Beginning over” is a VCU Information collection about Virginia Commonwealth College college students, graduates, school and employees who’ve boldly chosen to vary one thing of their lives — whether or not a brand new occupation, space of research or one thing else completely.
Tim Chavous at all times helped his soccer gamers with their lecturers throughout his 20-year faculty soccer teaching profession. That have paved the way in which for a simple transition to working as a pupil success adviser in VCU’s Faculty of Social Work.
“I needed to retire from teaching and be concerned in lecturers full time. I’ve gone from the soccer discipline to the tutorial classroom,” he stated. 
After reaching the best ranges in teaching by serving as a head coach for 5 years at Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina, he discovered it straightforward to depart his soccer profession, he stated. “I used to be on the prime of the chain. I fulfilled each dream I had popping out of faculty.”
Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Chavous graduated from Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Seaside in 2001 with a bachelor’s diploma in bodily training and a minor in recreation. He obtained his grasp’s diploma in training from Virginia State College in 2012.
He performed faculty soccer at Bethune-Cookman as each a working again and linebacker till he suffered an damage his senior yr. Through the course of his faculty soccer profession, he additionally suffered six concussions. 
“I couldn’t play soccer anymore so I needed to turn into a school soccer coach,” he stated. 
Chavous’ first place was interning as a coach at Virginia State College. Subsequent he served as assistant coach at St. Paul’s School in Lawrenceville, Virginia, from 2004 to 2011 earlier than changing into an assistant coach and later head coach at Saint Augustine’s from 2012 to 2019. 
Chavous was acknowledged for a lot of achievements throughout his teaching profession, together with teaching 5 gamers who would go on to play within the NFL, and attending the NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy for 2 years, which gives full-time faculty soccer coaches at NCAA member faculties an academic alternative to construct connections and develop management acumen. 
“I like soccer, and I like teaching the sport,” he stated. 
Chavous is now concentrating on his second sports activities love — golf. He’s been {golfing} since he was 13 and is now licensed as a golf teacher, educating at Henrico Police Athletic League in a partnership with First Tee of Higher Richmond.
Though he’s off the soccer discipline now, Chavous remains to be in a position to make use of his teaching expertise to assist information college students by way of faculty to their future objectives. 
“I like being a part of their time and journey in life,” he stated. “I like constructing relationships with them and serving to them with their future profession.”
Advising isn’t just about lecturers, he stated. 
“It’s additionally about mentorship and attending to know college students and their private values,” he stated. 
His tip for anybody pondering of beginning over? “I might say it’s by no means too late to pursue your dream or full your life objectives; some people return to highschool of their 40s and 50s simply because the timing wasn’t proper on the time of their life,” he stated. “There’s at all times room to start out your life over in our world right this moment [and there are] so many extra alternatives than there have been yesterday. Go for it.”  

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