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Coaches Join Two Squads

Newport — When the fall sports season kicks off in a couple of weeks there, two new faces will be will be on the sidelines of Upper Valley high school girls soccer programs, replacing two longtime mentors.

In Newport, Jon Hamel has been selected to take the job previously held by Guenter Hubert. Not far away Travis Dezotell replaces John Geary with the Kearsarge girls.

Hamel, a physical education instructor at the Goshen-Lempster School, has been the junior varsity coach at Newport and is a Sunapee High School graduate.

Hamel has some big shoes to fill as Hubert not only increased the win totals in the eight years he was in Newport, but also brought the school three sportsmanship awards.

“I think in the years that he was here, there was only one yellow card given to any of his players,” Newport High athletic director Doug Beaupre said. “And that happened on a rain day when one of his girls slipped and slid into a player.

“Guenter was one of those guys who believed in not only winning with class, but losing with class as well,” added Beaupre. “He is a high-integrity man.”

Another plus, according to Beaupre, was Hubert’s ability to make everybody feel like they were an important part of the team.

“Everybody knew what their role was,” said Beaupre. “He was also always looking to improve his own soccer knowledge by attending clinics and talking to other coaches.”

Hubert took over Newport’s reins from the program’s first varsity coach, Frank MacConnell, in 2005 and led the Tigers to their first playoff appearances that year as well as in 2008 and 2011. The Tigers posted a 3-12-1 last fall, missing the NHIAA Division III postseason.

According to Kearsarge AD Scott Fitzgerald, Dezotell has an extensive soccer background from both playing and coaching the sport at Colby-Sawyer College. He is currently the recreation director for the town of Newbury, N.H., and runs the town’s youth soccer program as well.

“What Travis does in Newbury compliments this position at Kearsarge from both a coaching standpoint as well as existing relationships in the Kearsarge district,” explained Fitzgerald.

Firtzgerald also feels that Geary has left the girls soccer program in solid shape.

“John did a tremendous job in leaving the program in position for someone to come in and be able to hit the ground running,” said Fitzgerald. “I will miss working with John, but I am happy he was able to leave on his own terms so that he could spend more time with is family.”

Geary’s final Kearsarge team went 5-9-3 and lost in the first round of the D-III tournament to Belmont.