Soccer Central will have a second new head coach in two years when the kicking and the heading of the spheres begins late next summer.
Former Bellows Free Academy of Fairfax soccer coach and current Champlain Valley Union High social studies instructor Katie Mack has been named the head boys coach following the retirement of former coach T.J. Mead. Under Mead, CVU won four Division 1 crowns in eight seasons.
This past fall was the first year as girls’ head soccer coach for Stan Williams, who led the Redhawks to an undefeated Division 1 championship after taking over from retired Brad Parker, who netted one of several titles in 2012.
Mack has a long and impressive soccer pedigree.
She played intercollegiate soccer at Drew University in Madison, N.J., where she was a three-year starter.
She ran the Burlington Parks and Recreation soccer program for several years and has been coaching club soccer since 2004.
She took over the boys program at BFA and in 2010 took the Bullets to the Division 3 championship contest. She was named Division 3 coach of the year in 2010 and 2011 and Vermont coach of the year in 2011.
She is possibly the first female to formally coach a boys team in Vermont, but given the murky, undocumented history of the early years of high school sports in the state, that cannot be said for certain.
Mead, whose grandfather Dave Bremner started the CVU soccer program and brought it to prominence, led the Redhawks to 116 wins in his tenure after taking over from Dan Shepardson, who forged a string of titles.
“It’s a great opportunity to build on their legacies,” Mack told the media.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent