The Cocoa boys are ready to show the state the eye of the Tiger and take a bit out of the competition. After finishing as the 2A runner-up in 2016, Coach Tyrone Giscombe's group is ranked fifth in our 2A team rankings heading into the 2017 season. We caught up with him to talk about the team, the expectations, and more.
How did your team finish last year at state?
We were state runner ups in class 2A!
Who are your top Returners?
Our top returners are Jaariq Charles, Marquees Parker, Juwan Armstrong ,Jaleel Henry, Deundrell Turpin, Jamari Williams and Joaquan Lennear.
Do you have any key losses from last season?
We lose Jeremy Lawson (2A triple jump champ, long Jump runner up) to graduation.
Are there any impact freshmen or transfers coming in?
Caziah Holmes will be an impact freshmen for us. We were fortunate enough to get Joshua Ramirez and Clint Bartley from Palm Bay Heritage. Also, Javian Hawkins the football start from Astronaut High School will be important to our success. First year athlete Q Phillips will make a strong case in many events as well.
What has the pre-season training been like and what are you focusing on?
The pre season training has been awesome. Our focus has been getting our strength levels on point in the weight room to be able to transfer them to our races and jumps. Also, maintaining proper form has been a major priority this pre season.
What are you most impressed with?
I'm most impressed with the fact that everyone has worked hard and bought into what were trying to accomplish individually as well as as a team.
What meets are you keying on this year?
I would have to say March 4th Hallandale Invitational, March 11th Kowboy Invite, Bob hayes, Fl Relays, our conference meet, and every post season meet.
What are the goals of this year's squad?
The ultimate goal is to win a state championship as well as our conference district, and region meets.
How would you describe the team?
This team is definitely the deepest squad I've had the pleasure of working with in my nine years of coaching at Cocoa high school.