Gregory Agbasiere spent four years as a JV boys soccer head coach and assistant boys Varsity soccer coach in Dunwoody, GA. At The Highlands, he started out as the assistant coach for varsity boys soccer before transitioning to become the Varsity Boys Soccer Head Coach. This will be his second year as the head coach and third working with The Highlands boys soccer team.
Playing soccer began at a young age for Gregory. In Secondary School, he frequently participated in the organized inter-house and intra-house soccer competitions at King's College, Lagos, Nigeria. Afterwards, he played collegiate soccer at LaGrange College, GA (NAIA and NCAA div. 3) for three years between his time there between 2002 and 2006, earning Academic All-Conference Honors and Team Athletic Awards all three years.
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - Chemistry Education, Kennesaw State University, GA
“The success of a great team builds on the skills and talents of its players, but players must always work in the interest of the team. The team can only get better when these two are aligned at all times.”
Coach Holbrook has been a member of The Highlands coaching staff since 1994. "We had just enrolled two of our children in a different private school. The next day, The Highlands called looking for an excavation contractor for the main soccer field and pavilion projects. After meeting with the business manager about the project, I immediately called my wife and told her, 'I found the school we had been looking for'."- Coach Holbrook.
His coaching career began with the Lake Cities Soccer Association but quickly transitioned to the THS staff once his children were enrolled. Over the years he has served as our Middle School Boys Coach, JV Boys Coach, Assistant Varsity Boys/Girls Coach, Head Varsity Boys Coach and is currently our Head Varsity Girls Coach. During his tenure his teams have won five District titles, three state championships resulting from eight trips to the State Final Four all while being named the District Coach of the year on five separate occassions.
Coach Holbrook developed his love for soccer as a recreational player growing up. He continued to play as an adult and eventually formed a Highlands mens team during the last half of the '90's.
"Be not afraid" - Saint Pope John Paul II
Coach Ruelas began his 15 year coaching career in the Oak Cliff Recreational Leagues. Over the next 12 years he advanced through the Select coaching ranks until he became the assistant coach for The Highlands in 2005. After a short break to participate in the Diocesan Deaconate Formation process he has returned to THS and in his fourth year of his current term as our Assistant Girls Soccer Coach. He carries E, F and G coaching licenes certified by the North Texas Soccer Association.
Deacon Ruelas hails from Oak Cliff where he grew up playing soccer eventually becoming a member of the team at Sunset High School. After graduation he continued to play in men's leagues in the Dallas Area.
"Faith is to believe what you do not yet see, the reward for this faith is to see what you believe" - St. Augustine of Hippo