Boys Soccer: Geral Leka named Whitehall coach

FRANK DIRENNA
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Geral Leka has been named boys soccer coach at Whitehall-Yearling, pending school board approval.

Leka, who served as an assistant coach with the Rams the past five years, replaces T.J. Mohammed, whose contract was not renewed after three seasons.

“One of the main reasons why I’m eager and confident in taking over the program at Whitehall is because of the familiarity that I have with the students,” said Leka, who was an assistant under Monica Austin in 2015 and ’16. “While this is a change, this is a change from within. I’ve known the players there for the last five years and it’s been pretty awesome to witness their transformation from freshmen to seniors.”

Leka, 30, has been a social studies teacher at Whitehall since November 2017. That played a key role in his hire, as athletics director Bill Hughett said he wanted a coach who could closely guide the program through the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“With the whole COVID thing, I needed my head coach to be in the building, to be a teacher and to do everything that I need to be done, and that person has been Geral,” Hughett said. “He built the schedule. He has close contact with the kids.”

A 2008 Whitehall graduate, Leka also worked with the Barcelona United youth soccer program in 2017.

Under Mohammed, the Rams were 12-19-14 overall and 4-5-6 in the MSL-Ohio Division.

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