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‘Coach on the field’ Ham signs with King College

On the field, Sara Ham stands out thanks to her intelligence. Off the field, her enthusiastic personality takes over.

Those are the qualities most attributed to this Farragut High School senior whose talents as a standout midfielder/defender helped the Lady Admirals soccer team rank among the state’s top program the past three seasons.

Ham will take her skills to King College next fall, as the 17-year-old signed with the NAIA school during a brief ceremony Friday, Feb. 11, in the FHS Commons.

“She’s got very good skills, she can trap, she can pass, she does ’em well,” FHS head coach Dennis Lindsay said. “And as John Craven, her club coach, said to me, ‘she’s like a coach on the field.’ She knows soccer probably better than any player I’ve had in years.”

A 2004 team captain, “everybody loves Ham, she’s one of the most enthusiastic, lovable kids we’ve had around here in years,” Lindsay said.

King head coach James Macklin said Ham is penciled in as a center-midfielder. “She’s very versatile, she can play many positions, she’s passionate about the game, she’s good in the classroom as well,” Macklin said. “She’s going to be a big asset for us.”

Ham said she’s confident she can play right away as a freshman. “I think if I work hard, yes I do,” she said. “I hope so.”

Though saying “I’m not the fastest player on the field,” Ham said she “knows the game pretty well” and “can read the plays.”

As for choosing King over two other schools — Emory & Henry and Queens College — “I liked everything about it, the campus is pretty, the girls are nice,” Ham said. “I love the coaches ... it’s a small school, I think there’s nine-hundred kids there. ... I didn’t really want to go to a big school.”


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