(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)- When Chad Edwards took over the Missouri Western soccer program in 2011, he looked for a player to help him create the new culture and Edwards found Brooke English.
"You knew right away she was the captain, the leader of the group-- the one that was going to bring the energy every single day and have a smile on her face," Edwards said.
English passed away suddenly in 2017.
She played for the Griffons from 2008 until 2011-- appearing in 56 career games and played a big role during Edwards' first season in St. Joe.
"When I started here, I really relied on her to help me understand the culture of Griffons soccer, Missouri Western, St. Joseph and in our short time together, we really became close," Edwards said.
After English's passing, the program wanted to find a way to honor her, so the Griffons came up with the idea of dedicating a locker in her honor because English was a leader and made a big impact off the field.
"We talk about it in our program about serving others before yourself and that defines Brooke," Edwards said.
The locker will go to someone on the team that shows the same leadership qualities and tendencies that made English special to the program.
The Griffons voted to award the locker this season to Brooke Howe.
"It's a huge honor," Howe said. "I just want to live up to everything that she stood for. It's a lot of the same things I stand for. I'm so blessed to be voted for that. It's just been amazing."
For Edwards, English personified what a Griffon is all about from her time at Western to working at Children's Mercy Hospital until her sudden passing.
"There are certain players that come through your program, I love all my kids, but there are certain players just have that extra leadership skill that they just love Griffon Soccer, they love the community, they love Missouri Western and that was Brooke," Edwards said.
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