A familiar face with the girls soccer program at Cottage Grove high school (CGHS) will now be stepping up as head coach for the 2021 season.
Dylan Ferguson has been coaching soccer at the high school for seven years and teaching in South Lane School District for 22 years and now will be entering his first season as the new manager.
“I really just want to have a good fun experience for the girls and try to improve every week, which will hopefully equate to some wins as well,” he said. “My focus as the coach is to prepare them physically, mentally, emotionally and put them in the right spots on the field to make the biggest impact in the game.”
Coach Ferguson is ready to turn the page from a really tough season the girls team encountered last year that had them finish near the bottom of the league with no wins.
Ferguson has seen some encouraging signs with the voluntary off-season workouts this summer which has had steady growth in participation and helped with the chemistry for the team leading up to the start of the season.
“The character of the players on the team is a real strength. You have all different skill sets and skill levels, some are playing club ball, and some are new this year,” he said. “But the girls that have been out during the summer for open fields, have worked hard and been really positive toward each other.”
Being a part of the program for a long time has helped establish a quick connection between Ferguson and this group of girls who have also had past experiences with him.
“I have actually had the opportunity to coach some of the girls when they were little at some youth soccer camps through South Valley Athletics and I saw it as the chance to coach them again.”
“I’m most excited to get to the games and see if all the plans have come to fruition.”
Coach Ferguson and the girls will look to build on the positive momentum from this off-season in hopes it propels them into the official practices starting next week, quickly followed by the games coming at the end of the month.
The Lady Lions first home game will be against Phoenix on Sept. 2.
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