Calhoun Sandies Varsity Soccer begins a new era with a new head coach in Shelia Akapo.

The Sandies previous coach Shane McGory resigned due to personal reasons, according to the school district.

Akapo said she was at St. Joseph and Athletic Director Richard Whitaker talked to her and said they were looking for a new coach and thought it was the perfect opportunity.

“I thought it was a perfect opportunity for me to work with a different set of kids in a different town,” Akapo said. “and hone my craft and coaching I’ve been doing for a couple of years.”

Akapo got a chance to see the team in action in the West Columbia Tournament over the weekend, and she expects “effort is everything.”

“I know that we haven’t been able to do any work….but I told them we’re going to get better throughout the season,” Akapo said.

Akapo added her players shouldn’t think that the first couple of games is going to define their season.

The one thing Akapo is looking forward to is getting to know the players better, and she said seeing the JV and Varsity Tournament she learned a little bit about them all.

“The main thing is that they are hard workers, so once we have that, the skill and learning the tactics will come easy for us,” Akapo said.

The Sandies kick off the new era of soccer against Victoria East on Tuesday (See Wave Sports for score) and will play Corpus Christi Carroll Friday at home.

The Carroll game starts at 6 p.m.