OFA Soccer Founder George Mattison Attends Devil Reunion
BY DAVE SHEA
In the 50 years of the OFA Boys Soccer Program there have been three head coaches.
On Saturday night at a reunion to celebrate 50 years of OFA Soccer the program's founder George Mattison, Tom Bruyere and current Coach Matt Morley were all in attendance.
All three coaches have enjoyed successful tenures winning league and sectional titles.
"Back when we started we only had a varsity team but once we had a JV program in place it only took four years for us to be right there in the sectionals," said Mattison.
"We had some great athletes back then and I remember our first sectional championship game. Tom Moran played in the center of the defense and he controlled the whole game. He read every ball well and when needed he came up cleared everything."
Mattison made the trip from Atlanta, Ga. with his son, former OFA standout Scott Mattison, to attend the reunion and surprised everyone including the reunion's organizier, Sam Burns.
"It was awesome to have Coach Mattison here tonight," said Burns who returned to the goal where he played in OFA's first year.
Coach Bruyere was also a member of the first team and along with Burns attended the reunion along with teammates Dave Touron and Gary Risley.
Mattison and his son Scott operate a high end handcrafted wooden furniture business in Atlanta and attend shows all over the south.
While at OFA Mattison served as the Chairman of the school's Industrial Arts Department.
"George Mattison hired me and when I came to OFA I was so fortunate to work with Jud Mattison and Ron Day," said retired Industrial Arts teacher Jim Adams who coached varsity girls basketball and cross country at OFA duing his career and remains active in coaching as an assistant to Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Mark Henry.