Former Coast FA youth player Tylor Golden has signed a professional contract with Wigan Athletic in England’s League One.
Golden, who has spent the last couple years playing for the Latics under 18s, has made two first team appearances this season. Tylor is a natural right back with the versatility to play a number of positions, made his first appearance for Wigan in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Academy manager Gregor Rioch said “ Tylor lives his life for football, and he is a fantastic role model for any young player when it comes to dedication and commitment”.
That dedication and commitment was evident from an early age at Coast FA. Tylor and his brother Deven were known for being the first to arrive and the last to leave training at Socastee Park. The boys were one hundred percent committed to the game and unlike most American boys, showed no interest in other sports
In the fall of 2008 Tony and Tania Golden packed their belongings and made a life changing move to Ipswich, England which opened the door for the Golden brothers to pursue their dreams in a place where most boys dreamed.
“The move to England has been an amazing journey for the Golden family but we miss our friends, the South Carolina weather and the Coast FA atmosphere. Both boys embraced the culture changes from the very start. They have relocated to their dream world and sometimes their fantasy collides with their real world. Manchester United players regularly show up at local schools and player sightings are plentiful in local restaurants and shops. The biggest challenge for the boys since arriving in 2008 has been to overcome the idea that local born players somehow had football in their DNA. It took the two a little while to gain the confidence needed to excel in England. Most American players are labeled with preconceived impressions as good athletes upon their arrival but have to fight to be accepted as players with a high soccer IQ” said the boy’s father Tony Golden.
Tylor Golden added “I feel that my time at Coast FA when I first started to play football (soccer) has made a huge impact in where I am in my career at this moment in time. It gave me a chance to practice and get guidance from some of the best coaches I have worked with to develop and understand the game. It is a very family-orientated club and makes everyone feel welcome and comfortable. The club made the sessions very enjoyable which made me love the sport even more but it also became serious when it needed to be and that was crucial because it’s given me the competitiveness that I have now, it’s given me the desire to do everything I can to win every game I play and push myself to do whatever I can to become the best player I can be by developing my weaknesses and trying to perfect my strengths. They also make the players a better person as well as a player, they want to make respectable people as well as highly skilled footballers. It was one of the best times of my life going to training at and playing for Coast FA; I’ll never forget it.”
“We’re so proud of Tylor and what he has achieved. It was clear he had great talent from very early on but talent will only get you so far and his hard work and dedication to becoming a better soccer player has earned him his just rewards. His story will be an inspiration to many young players at Coast Fa.
To have a former Coast Fa player become a professional soccer player in the English football league is fantastic, especially when we see his picture as a young boy on our website from his days playing in our McDonald’s rec league.” – Ross Morgan Coast FA Director of Coaching
Wigan Athletic is currently tied for first place in League One, and are favored for promotion to the English Championship.