Demetri Hodges finished up his senior season on Forsyth Country Day’s soccer team with a bang, helping lead his team into the semifinals of the NCISAA Class 3-A state tournament.
Now, he’s looking forward to T-shirts.
Hodges, an 18-year-old senior, may have concentrated on corner kicks and headers for the past three months, but it’s time to turn to clothing. The Furies’ captain, he’s getting ready to launch a business designing and selling T-shirts with a friend, Kasen Agha.
“We talk about it about three times a week,” said Hodges, who will be doing the design and graphics work, while Agha concentrates on selling them online on a website they’re about to debut.
“My mom, Maria, she likes the T-shirt idea,” Hodges said. “She loves that I’m being innovative, spending time doing something different.”
Hodges has spent his four years on FCD’s soccer field doing lots of different things, playing two different midfield spots and different spots on attack. John Stubblefield, FCD’s coach, said Hodges was among the Furies’ leaders in both goals and assists.
“Demetri did a great job this year, helping organize optional workouts last summer, communicating with the guys, organizing pickup games,” Stubblefield said. “He was incredibly committed, passionate about the game. It was great that he ended his senior year the way he did, because he worked so hard.”
Hodges, who was an all-conference selection, started playing soccer before he was old enough to go to kindergarten. His older brother, Bobby, and sister, Nia, both played, and their father, Kosta, coached Hodges’ first soccer team.
Hodges plans to play soccer in college, at least on the intramural or club level.
“It is really relaxing for me to get out on the field and play,” he said. “It’s more instinctive for me than having to think. Once you go out and get into a game, you’re barely thinking anymore. That’s what I like most about soccer, that and the excitement of winning and being on a team.”
Hodges, who is looking at N.C. State, Clemson, South Carolina and Virginia Tech for college, has played basketball and lacrosse and run track at FCD, but studying business in college will be his concentration.
“I took engineering my sophomore and junior years, and I’m definitely technical when it comes to learning,” he said. “I think technically enough to do something that makes it go with business, like Steve Jobs (the late Apple founder). He’s a role model to me; he saw lots of things, and he valued creativity.”