Dayton, Sheridan fill coaching vacancies
Pat Myer watched firsthand as the Dayton girls soccer team ascended from glimmer in the eyes of parents and administrators into a full-fledged program.
“My daughter, Jaimie, played four years on the Dayton boys varsity team,” Myer wrote in an email. “She really enjoyed being part of and playing on that team, but she still wished there was a girls high school team in Dayton she could play on.”
Dayton girls soccer enters its fifth season of competition in the fall, and Myer will be at the controls.
The Pirates hired Myer, a longtime youth soccer coach in Dayton, earlier this month to succeed Michael Flores, who coached the girls soccer team for its first four years of existence.
“He’s fundamental-oriented,” Dayton Athletic Director Todd Shirley said. “He wants kids to get better, and through that the team will get better. He’s going to be a good fit for where the program’s going right now.”
Flores, who resigned following the 2013 season, coached the Pirates to a 33-27-7 record, including a 12-7 record last season (10-4 Class 3A/2A/1A Special District 3). Dayton won a Class 3A/2A/1A state playoff game for the first time in school history before falling to Valley Catholic, 1-0, in the state quarterfinals on Nov. 9.
“I look forward to continuing the work Michael did with the team and help them reach their potential both as individual players and as a team,” Myer wrote. “We have a very talented group of seniors for next year that is hungry to improve on last year’s success and move even further in the state playoffs next fall.
“And not only does next year look very good for the team, but there are some great underclassmen from last fall’s team returning as well as some talented girls in the middle school and grade school youth programs. Any high school coach knows that their program cannot be successful without a good youth program. Dayton has always had great sports programs due to these well developed and coached youth programs and soccer is no different.”
Todd to lead Sheridan volleyball
Sheridan did not have to go far to find its next varsity volleyball coach.
In the wake of Denise Dickey’s resignation, Spartans Athletic Director Bob Bennett promoted Jessica Todd, who coached the Sheridan junior varsity in 2013, to head varsity coach.
The Spartans went 10-12 overall last season, finishing fourth in the Class 3A West Valley League (7-7). Sheridan did not qualify for a Class 3A state playoff berth.
Dickey has been hired as the volleyball coach at Perrydale, replacing Brooke Klaudt, who resigned following the season.