GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – A crowd gathered at Washington High School to see the school’s new football field, a project that new football coach Jim Kozuch said was a long time coming. .
“Oh, that’s the most amazing thing. I can’t even believe it. I started here 17 years ago and got kicked out of every field in Beaufort County, so to come out here and have something we can call home is just amazing,” Kozuch said.
Kozuch said the community has been involved in the seven-year project all along, donating at least half the money to go.
Beaufort County Schools Superintendent Matthew Cheeseman said it’s great for the football program to have a new home.
“Especially during the playoff season because we’ve had a lot of success in our men’s and women’s programs,” Cheeseman said. “But you can’t actually put on a playoff game if you don’t have a pitch. So over time we advanced far into the playoff rounds, but we always had to travel elsewhere to play those games. So it’s really great to have Pam Pack at home.
The soccer field project cost approximately $400,000. A state budget grant of $121,000 went towards stadium lighting.
“I would just like to shout out to the community. Because they are really the ones who made this possible. It’s a great, great thing. And I hope it stays here for many generations,” Kozuch said.