A former D1 soccer player trains younger athletes in his community

A West Point athlete returns to his old ground with hopes of making a difference in the community

WEST POINT, Miss (WCBI)- A demeaning message people have probably heard before is “don’t forget where you come from”.

A West Point athlete returns to his old stew in hopes of making a difference in the community.

Born in West Point, Scott Lashley returned to his hometown with one goal on his agenda; helping athletes on and off the field. Lashley is no stranger to the field. He played football for the Greenwave in high school. After graduating in 2016, Lashley attended the University of Alabama on a football scholarship.

Playing four seasons for the Crimson Tide gave Lashley an experience of a lifetime. In 2020 he went west; Mississippi State was his last stop when he ended his collegiate football career as a Bulldog.

“It was always my goal to come back one day to either have a gym, which is the ultimate goal, but also just to give back to my community and some of the things I’ve learned from the state of Alabama and Mississippi and give it back to some of the athletes,” Lashley said.

Lashley will be training athletes for the next few weeks and there’s a touch of nostalgia to remind him where it all started. Sessions take place in the field house where he practiced years ago.

“He has so much knowledge of being with two great programs and it’s something you can’t get from the area we’re in. You have to go all the way to the state or the city to get that training,” intern Jhace Mallard said.

“It’s hard to get someone older to come back and give to West Point and I like that about Scott. He’s training areas I didn’t get before, he’s preparing me for the next level,” intern Jacoby Mcquiller said.

Besides showing the students the nature of the game, he also teaches them to take care of their bodies. Lashley suffered several injuries and even high blood pressure while playing in college. He provides assistance to people and athletes who may suffer from these conditions.

“If guys come with me on the train, I can help you with your eating habits. I’m not a professional, but I do know some stuff. because I live in the nutrition room, I live in the weight room and the workout room, which translates to the field, but not just to the field, but also to the classroom,” Lashley said.

So what is Lashley doing now? He is interning at Mississippi State as an assistant strength and conditioning coach while working to earn his CSCS. He plans to continue working with student athletes across the community.

“Everyone doesn’t get the chance to play at university level. I tell certain guys that they don’t have to go to a juco or college to come train with me, it’s for everyone,” Lashley said.

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