Archive

New CVU coaches carry high hopes for 2017

 Rob Cole, pictured during a recent practice, takes over the CVU boys soccer program this season.
Rob Cole, pictured during a recent practice, takes over the CVU boys soccer program this season.

First year varsity coach, Mike Detch, keeps his girls moving during a recent volleyball practice.
First year varsity coach, Mike Detch, keeps his girls moving during a recent volleyball practice.

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

There will be two new faces manning the sidelines for Champlain Valley Union High School this fall. With the fall season underway, Rob Cole has taken over the reins of the boys soccer program, and Mike Detch is the new head coach of the girls volleyball team. Detch takes over a Redhawk volleyball team that is coming off a Division I state championship. He replaces former coach Gino Johnson.

Detch has coached the JV team for the last two years and is excited to jump to the varsity level with an experienced group. “The most exciting thing is that we have a very talented group of girls already,” Detch said. “My goal is to teach them about the finer points about the sport, how to play.”

The first-year coach spent years playing volleyball at Castleton State College (now Castleton University) as well as on club teams around the Burlington area. Now that Detch has taken the helm, he hopes to build on the on-court success the Redhawks have had and focus on building the team’s presence off the court. “I have this big mantra about how can we be the best person we can be,” Detch said. “We want to get involved with charities, team-building activities.

Once volleyball is over, what are we left with?” The girls volleyball team opens the season next week, traveling to Randolph on Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. match. While Detch takes on his first varsity coaching experience, Cole joins the CVU boys soccer team after a stint leading the girls soccer team at South Burlington High School.

Cole takes over for Katie Mack, who left after a three-year stint that saw the program accumulate 40 wins and a Division I final appearance. Cole, who graduated from South Burlington High School in 2009, helped the Rebels girls soccer team to a nice turnaround in his twoyear stint. The team finished with a 7-8-1 record in his first year and moved up to 10-4-2 in his second, all after finishing 2-11-1 the year before Cole took over.

Cole takes over a team with an experienced defensive core, some work to do on offense and a reputation for success. The boys soccer team opens the season on Friday when it welcomes Burr and Burton for a 4:30 p.m. game.