In retrospect, Plymouth State junior kicker Rob Giles is happy that he never kicked a ball at Pinkerton Academy.
However, back in high school, he wasn’t too pleased that he never got a chance.
Giles tried out for soccer as both a freshman and sophomore but, both years, failed to make the cut. Then, as a junior, he decided to try kicking for the football team, but that didn’t work out, either.
“I had to work to get my driver’s license, so I’d miss a little practice time and the coach wouldn’t go for that,” said Giles, who was a four-year varsity tennis player at Pinkerton. “I didn’t like it but I said ‘what the heck.’”
At that point, Giles thought his kicking dreams were over. But good friend Anthony Moore convinced him to try out for the Youngsville Hawks, an independent team coached by his father Charlie Moore, well known on NESN as “The Mad Fisherman.”
Giles agreed and wound up kicking for a team that went undefeated.
That might have been the end of Giles’ kicking because he went to New Hampshire Tech, which doesn’t have a football team. Then after getting an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, he took a year off.
“I ended up as a substitute teacher, a chef, I cleaned cars, I did demolition — I did it all,” he said.
But he missed kicking and, he said, “Moore kept pushing me to go back to school, telling me that I should be kicking field goals in college.”
Moore, in fact, contacted Plymouth State coach Paul Castonia, who gave Giles a chance to prove himself.
Not only did Giles prove himself, but he earned the starting job as Plymouth State’s placekicker, beating out last year’s starter and getting off to a remarkable start.