With the end of the soccer season in sight, two of the program’s head coaches were removed. On October 19, the varsity girls soccer team was told Varsity Girls Soccer Head Coach Bruce Brown would no longer be working with the team.
A week later, players were informed that JV Girls Soccer Head Coach Harry Sherman would no longer be working with the JV team.
Former JV Girls Soccer Assistant Coach Julia Harrison finished the season as the acting JV Girls Soccer Head Coach. Pranay Dhanani will now serve as the Varsity Girls Soccer Acting Head Coach through ISSTs.
Athletics Director John Farmer classified the moves as “totally independent of each other.” He declined to comment on the specific reasoning behind the departures. Brown declined to comment and Sherman could not be reached for comment.
Despite the strain of replacing two coaches during the season, Farmer felt it was absolutely necessary. “I did not in any way shape or form under value the importance of consistency and continuity,” he said. “I recognize that it’s far from ideal for a student athlete to have a coaching change in the middle of a season.”
JV girls soccer player Anna Kopfler believes the team’s play suffered with the departure as the team finished their end of season tournament (LSSAs) in second place. Upon learning the news “everyone was kind of freaking out and no one understood what had happened or why,” Kopfler said.
Irrespective of the unusual circumstance, Dhanani believes the varsity team managed the situation with maturity. “It’s been a bit of a turbulent time… but the girls have done well. They concentrated on their training and matches,” Dhanani said.
These are the first mid-season coaching changes in Farmer’s four-year tenure as director of athletics. When considering future hirings, Farmer feels this situation emphasizes the need to have assistant coaches in all levels, including JV and JJV. “The more adults we have or the more coaches we have in our programs does allow for flexibility so if and when something comes up where a coach needs to leave, there are people we could put in place and not start from scratch,” Farmer said.
Written by Editor-in-chief: Online Sourna Daneshvar, Jr and Sports Editor Jon Novak
Sports Editor Jonathan Sheves contributed to reporting
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