With the start of winter sports kicking off this school year, Serra athletes will begin to welcome a few new faces to the coaching staff. Serra women’s soccer has brought on two new coaches to replace last year’s. The new head coach will be Georges Nedellec, while JV will be run by Greg Allick.
Coach Nedellec is not entirely new to the Serra campus, as he has previously been both Serra men’s soccer head coach from 2006-2011, and JV coach last year. Nedellec stresses the meaningfulness for him to remain within the community, seeing as though he is a resident of Tierrasanta himself. “Coaching in Tierrasanta and at Serra is important to me. This season presented itself to coach girls varsity at Serra and I really look forward to this new experience,” he says.
Nedellec has coached for 15 years, that of which includes training all ages from preschool to high school. He even had the opportunity to coach the game for four years in Switzerland. Having played competitively for the majority of his life, he expresses his love for soccer, claiming, “I never stopped playing, I still play, and hope to play for many, many years.”
Coach Allick also has an extensive soccer background, as he has trained young athletes in the sport for over ten years. Currently, Allick coaches with Tierrasanta Matrix and will bring to Serra his sculpted mentality: “The harder you work to earn and achieve a goal, the more you appreciate and value it.” As for his own goals involving the upcoming season, Allick says that he hopes “to foster a life-long love and passion for the ‘Beautiful Game’ within each player,” and “to commit to upholding the winning tradition of this program.”
Returning player and junior Kira Wells, who has met with the new coaches, claims, “They seem to be good additions from what I’ve seen so far. Hopefully it’ll be an easy transition from last season.”
Serra Women's Soccer will be coming into this season with the title of last year’s CIF runner-ups, and it seems both athletes and coaches are trying to maintain this momentum. Nedellec rises to the occasion by stating, “My hope is to guide players through individual and team challenges, while maintaining a love for the game.”
The team will be moving up from Division 3 into Division 2, but the majority believe they can accomplish great things this season. Serra wishes luck to the athletes and coaches alike for a successful future.