There’s no debating this fall’s soccer season at St. Louis Community College will look a bit different than those of recent seasons.
The transition starts at the top, where the men’s and women’s teams have undergone coaching changes in the same year for the first time since STLCC moved to a districtwide athletics department in 2011.
For the men’s program, new head coach Tim Mosby takes over a program that looks to recapture the success it enjoyed in previous decades. Mosby, who played on Florissant Valley’s last winning team in 2001, envisions a return to that type of program at STLCC.
At least in a symbolic sense, Mosby will have a return to that time period, as the Archers announced this summer that the Florissant Valley field will be named after legendary head coach Pete Sorber.
Mosby, who previously coached nine years at Marquette High School, has high hopes for a program that also will see considerable roster turnover from a year ago, when the Archers posted a record 2-16-1.
“I really care about the direction of the program, and where it’s going,” Mosby said following his hiring. “I think we can attract a lot of talent here.”
For new women’s head coach Erin Hesselbach, the goal will likely be to simply continue on the path it has been on for the past three seasons. Like Mosby, Hesselbach is taking on her first head coaching job at the collegiate level. Hesselbach previously served as the head coach at Incarnate Word before joining STLCC. Unlike the men’s program, however, the women’s team is in the midst of one of its most successful eras.
The Archers are coming off consecutive trips to the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship Tournament. However, they graduated one of the program’s most productive sophomore groups in recent memory. Since arriving on campus, Hesselbach has moved quickly to recruit a roster for this fall.
Hesselbach is in the process of putting the final touches on the roster that will take the field for the team’s first practice on Aug. 4.
“I am just kind of finalizing the roster now, looking for a couple more pieces to fill it out, but it’s been a good transition,” Hesselbach said.
Despite so many new faces joining the program, Hesselbach anticipates the roster will gel relatively quickly over the season’s first month.
“It’s going to take a lot of team bonding and getting to know each other, but the connections on the field are often made off the field,” Hesselbach said. “We’ll all be on the same page. Every game and every practice, we’ll grow stronger together.”
The men will open the season on Aug. 23 at Southwestern Illinois College. Following three exhibition games, the women will open their 2014 slate at home on Aug. 26 against Lewis and Clark Community College.