Girls soccer gets new coaching director

Goals: Katherine Remy Vettori wants to return to winning State Cups and regain national recognition for the teams.

April 15, 2001|By Lowell E. Sunderland | Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF

Katherine Remy Vettori, assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Maryland, College Park for the past three seasons, is the new girls coaching director for the Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County.

The half-time, paid job includes responsibility for helping find and train girls coaches at all levels in SAC/HC, and developing players.

Vettori succeeds Michelle Rodriguez-Smith, who held the job a little more than a year before leaving in late January, when her husband's work took him to Atlanta.

"We want to get our premier [top-skill level] teams back into winning State Cups and some of the national recognition the club had," said Vettori, who lives in Baltimore with her husband, Jason, an attorney, Mount Hebron High School graduate and lacrosse player. The couple, who married in August, met while both attended Duke University.

"On the rec level, which is about 80 percent of our players, we want to improve the overall coaching and organization," said Vettori. She left College Park on good terms after the fall season, she said, to pursue a sports-marketing job opportunity. "And, I just needed a change," she said.

SAC/HC, which has nearly 6,000 players, about 40 percent of them girls, has been trying to strengthen its girls program. Steps have included adding the position of girls coaching director and adding more female coaches.

Vettori will continue coaching Coventry, SAC/HC's under-15 premier travel team, which she joined as trainer about 18 months ago, when it was an under-13 team.

As girls director, she will report to SAC/HC's coaching director, Bill Stara. John Dingle is her counterpart in SAC/HC's boys program.

Vettori, a native of Norman, Okla., graduated from Duke in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in history and sociology. She was a four-year starter at forward or outside midfield and got second-team All-American mention. She also has four seasons of semipro experience - until this spring, the highest level of club play for women in the United States - and two years in the pool from which U.S. national team players are chosen.

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