Running circles around the boys

  • Emma Mulloy,2, watches the Windsor boy's soccer team during practice on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 in Windsor, Vt. Her father Steve Mulloy is the team's head coach. Emma goes to all of the team's practices. Players often pick her up and plunk her down to a safer spot during the practice. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Emma Mulloy, 2, dances around her father Steve Mulloy during a boy's soccer practice in Windsor, Vt., on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. He is the boys varsity soccer coach and brings his daughter to all practices at the school. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Published: 10/14/2019 10:32:08 PM

Should Emma Mulloy decide to pursue soccer when she’s older, she’ll have a base of experience upon which to fall. For the time being, the members of the Windsor High boys soccer team make sure she doesn’t fall at all.

Emma, 2, is the daughter of Windsor coach Steve Mulloy, who also teaches
high school history. His wife, Lee, works as well, which can make caring for Emma challenging.

Instead, Emma can be found at most every Windsor practice. Her day care is a short walk from the school, Steve Mulloy said, so he can pick her up when classes end and still be back to MacLeay-Royce Field in time to put the Yellowjackets through their paces.

The players have taken to having Emma around, occasionally picking her up and moving her to safer places should she get too close to the action.

“She’s at that age where she is just old enough to run around a little on her own,” Mulloy said. “The boys have gotten very attached to her and engage with her. At this point, it’s normal for her to be here.”




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