Arnett Gardens Coach Prove ‘Waite’ in Gold by Winning CHEC Award
March 12, 2015
Hardly any room was left at the Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon as football fans stood on the roofs of neighbouring houses and buildings to watch an engrossing game between Arnett Gardens and Humble Lion Football Clubs on March 9th. With his team in the spotlight Coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite had one more reason to be excited as he was chosen as the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Star Coach for Round Two of the Red Stripe Premier League. The presentation was made during half time of Monday night’s football game where Jerry was presented with a cash prize of $75,000 and a commemorative plaque.
To date, under Jerry’s leadership, Arnett Gardens FC has enjoyed a prominent place in the league, enjoying a true purple patch of 10 consecutive wins within the 2014-2015 season which began last September.
Members of the Premiere League Clubs Association (PLCA) highlighted Jerry’s role and his accomplishments in the following statement:
“Jerry’s intimate knowledge of each member of his squad and his capability to be able to get the best out of the team enabled Arnett Gardens FC to move from 5th place to setting the pace by the end of Round 2.”
The CHEC Star Coach of the Round is selected based on the following criteria: win percentage, disciplinary record, goal difference, deportment, cooperation with match officials and overall behavior. The Operations Committee of the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ OC) is charged with the responsibility of selecting the CHEC Star Baller of the Month and CHEC Star Coach of each Round.
Coach Jerry is no stranger to hard work and the resounding success of coaching and guiding three separate teams to first place in their respective competitions. In the 2000-2001 football season, Jerry had coached Arnett Gardens FC, the National Water Commission (NWC) Football Team and Charlie Smith High School students. That year, Arnett Gardens was the winner of the National Premier League; NWC won four back to back titles namely—the League Cup for Division 1, the Knockout Cup, the Challenge Trophy and the Champion of Champions Award; and Charlie Smith High took home the Walker’s Cup. Under Coach Jerry’s leadership, Arnett Gardens and NWC were the top recipients and received the aforementioned awards for the second consecutive time during the 2001-2002 football season. Jerry was also the assistant coach for the Arnett Gardens Under 21 Premier League team which also placed first in 2002—the same year that this competition was established
It is evident that Coach Waite is a born leader and on Monday night he added yet another accolade to his impressive career having been the recipient of the CHEC Star Coach of the Round Award.