500th Career Win For Coach Brian Jillings!

500th Career Win For Coach Brian Jillings!
Posted on 02/22/2017

Coach Jillings Reaches

500th Career Win!


The Jillings soccer story is simply amazing, according to Dr. Adell, superintendent of Hickory Public Schools. 

“Coach Brian Jillings has served as a head soccer coach for 19 years, and he’s already reached his 500th career win! That’s a young coach to have reached this milestone so early in his career. It’s amazing!” said Adell.

The first game of the spring season, played on February 21 at Hickory High, brought the 500th career win as the Hickory Tornado women’s soccer finished the game with a 5-2 win over Community School of Davidson. Jillings coaches the men’s soccer in the fall.

Soccer has been a part of the Jillings journey for years. Raised in Port Alberni, BC Canada, an island off the coast of Vancouver, Jillings played during his youth and on to college before playing professionally and then serving as a coach.

Following one year with Malaspina College in Canada, Jillings transferred to Appalachian State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in physical education. While at ASU, he played for three years with his team winning All-Southern Conference (3x), All-Tournament (2x) and Jillings was selected as the team’s MVP during his senior year.

In addition to earning his undergraduate degree from ASU, Jillings also earned a Master’s Degree in health education from East Carolina University.

After completing his education, Jillings was drafted to play indoor soccer by the Baton Rouge Bombers. He played for two years with the professional team before he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the spring of 1994—leading him in the direction of coaching.

Jillings coached the JV team for Watauga High from 1994-1997 and then coached at Scotlandville Magnet High. He served East Burke High (1999 to 2005) where he led the girls’ team to a conference championship.

Joining Hickory High in January 2006, Jillings continues to serve as an instructor of physical education and sports medicine—and as head soccer coach. His winning seasons at Hickory High have helped to establish his name as a legend in the community—a solid coach who also serves as a role model in teaching his players about integrity both on and off the field.

During Jillings time with Hickory High, the boys have earned eight conference championships and twice reached the state finals. The girls have earned three conference championships and two regional championships. The overall record for the boys: 292-131-27 (win, loss, tie) and the girls 208-71-25 with a total of 500-202-52.

Jillings has earned multiple honors and recognitions during his journey. In addition to the 12 conference championships, Jillings has been awarded the following: 2016 NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year; 3X NC State Coach of the Year; 11 NCSCA Regional Coach of the Year; 12 Conference Coach of the Year; East/West All-Star Game Coach; and Clash of the Carolinas All-Star Game Coach.

Coach Jillings is married to Kendall and they are the parents of two children. During his spare time, when he is not with his family helping to coach his children’s activities (CVYSA soccer, rec basketball, softball) and supporting their competitive cheerleading and dance, Jillings and his family operate Tumblemania Gymnastics, a tumbling/gymnastics studio in Morganton. He also enjoys hiking and travel.

Congratulations to Coach Brian Jillings for achieving 500 wins! We are fortunate and blessed to have you on the HPS team!

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