Newington's Wilkinson wins 100th career game with Nor'easters

Published on Monday, 18 October 2021 20:32
Written by TYLER HETU

@TheTylerHetu

Newington girls soccer head coach Adam Wilkinson picked up his 100th career win last week, leading the Nor'easters girls soccer club to a 3-0 win over Lewis Mills on Oct. 12.

The win and milestone was announced by Newington's social media account. Wilkinson, a native of England, took over the club in 2013 for his first head-coaching gig after an impressive stint as a player with Central Connecticut's program in the 90's. He also played professionally in Europe and Massachusetts.

Last Friday, after a 0-0 tie against Southington, the now-seasoned vet Wilkinson was candid when asked his thoughts and feelings on getting to that point in his coaching career.

In fact, he actually had forgotten about it. "It's a nice little milestone for me, but to be honest, I had actually forgotten about it until they had soaked me with water," said Wilkinson.

The win and everything before it for the program has always been for the kids, said Wilkinson.

"To be honest, it's not for us, it's for the kids," said Wilkinson Friday night. "I won my 100th game and one of my former players texted me and she said 'you're welcome for the first 50,' because she won them too. ... It's for them. It's nice to get the 100th, but what I want to make sure is this team is in the right spot come (the state tournament). We're getting better."

Since the win Newington has sat at 100 career victories for Wilkinson, unable to break through a tough Southington club in Friday's tie.

A strong Southington offensive attack paired with a game the Nor'easters spent mostly on the defensive end had limited opportunities for Newington, leading to its third tie of the season.

Southington coach Mike Linehan, a good friend of Wilkinson's, was happy to see him get to the milestone ahead of Friday's game, noting his influence on him as a coach. 

Linehan said his passion and 'tough love' is great for the game and what makes him a tough coach to go against.

"Love it. That's why I coach. I love Adam and he and I, it's why I do this and he knows," said Linehan. "... He's the type of coach we need more of, because he's teaching these kids how to play the game and the fundamentals. We're both hard on our kids, but it's the tough love that makes the difference and they respect it, because it's helping them become better."

Hearing the kind words from Linehan, Wilkinson added it's a team effort to make one another successful, and that even though they may coach opposing sides, the work done against them comes to benefit them in the long run.

"It's such a small network, it's such a closed network, and it all comes around," said Wilkinson. "Mike might need some help backing a player at all-state or all-conference (voting) and we should all be in it together. ... It's nice to hear that from other coaches. It's nice to be respected in the community because there's some coaches who are in it for themselves."

Moving forward Newington will have a home contest on Wednesday against Rocky Hill (6 p.m.) and a road trip to Windsor on Thursday (3:45 p.m.) before capping off the regular season with a three-game homestand next week.

The CIAC playoffs open Nov. 6, starting with the playdowns across the state.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Monday, 18 October 2021 20:32. Updated: Monday, 18 October 2021 20:34.