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Mascoma hires girls soccer coach

  • Denver Greene

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/6/2020 8:51:40 PM
Modified: 4/6/2020 8:51:33 PM

WEST CANAAN — The roster remains to be filled, but Mascoma High has signaled its intent to join NHIAA girls soccer by hiring its first varsity coach.

Denver Greene, the physical education teacher at the Enfield Village School, was hired last week to run the Royals. It’s the 25-year-old’s second coaching job with the school, having spent last winter in charge of the junior varsity boys basketball program.

Both Greene and Mascoma athletic director Rodney Brown are optimistic they will get a girls varsity team off the ground. Response to the move has been strong, and Mascoma has committed to an NHIAA Division III schedule for the next two years.

“It really intrigued me,” said Greene, a New Jersey native who played four years of high school soccer before getting his degree from UNH. “It’s not very often nowadays that you can start a high school program from the ground up. That was something that I was really looking forward to, being part of building the culture and a competitive program.”

The Mascoma School Board set aside $15,000 in 2017 in hopes of funding a varsity girls team the following year. The squad never got off the ground, drawing too few girls. Historically, girls interested in soccer have played on Mascoma’s boys varsity.

Brown is confident that won’t happen this time around. Drawing 22 to 25 athletes isn’t out of the realm of possibility, he said.

“We got a lot from a wait-and-see approach,” Brown added. “A lot of upperclassmen said they’ve been through this before. … We got the go-ahead to hire a head coach and decided that would be the traction that our community needed. This is legit and something they can rely on.”

Greene had a successful run on the basketball court last winter. Mascoma went 17-1 in junior varsity boys play, and Greene was voted the D-III subvarsity coach of the year by the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization.

Brown indicated that he and Greene will look into hosting summer clinics as skill refreshers. Whomever the new coach draws to play will come from a reservoir of around 200 girls at MVRHS in an athletic program that also sponsors field hockey, volleyball and cross country for girls each fall.

Greene believes being a teacher in the district, particularly at the elementary school level, will bring benefits in terms of turnout over the next few years.

“I’ve spoken to some parents of the girls who want a girls team, and there was definitely overwhelming support from the parents,” he said. “We’re trying to translate that to the girls.”

Greg Fennell can be reached at gfennell@vnews.com or 603-727-3226.




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