Marysville athletic director praises work of former soccer coach; will interview applicants via phone or virtual method


Marysville High School junior Nick McIntosh (21) controls the ball during a 2019 soccer game. The Monarchs will have a new head coach for the 2020 season.

(Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)

Marysville High School athletic director Joey Day has nothing but praise for Terry Smith, the outgoing Monarch boys soccer coach.

“Terry did a great job for us,” said Day. “He is well-respected within the soccer world and we appreciate what he brought to the program.”

Smith had to step down from the position due to work schedule conflicts within the realm of the coronavirus pandemic.

He is not on the district’s teaching staff

“It was going to be difficult for Terry to balance family, his work schedule and coaching because of the pandemic,” said Day.

“He made a big impact by building a good foundation for our program and he will be missed.”

Day said the next head coach should be someone who “will raise our expectations and take the program to the next level.

“We want someone who will build solid relationships within the program both on and off the field,” he said. “We want to continue to build a winning culture.”

Day said previous head coaching experience will be beneficial for Smith’s replacement.

However, he added it is not an absolute requirement.

“We will see what applicants we receive by the time of our May 26 deadline and go from there.”

Day said initial interviews with applicants will be handled along the same lines as those that were conducted for the girls varsity basketball position.

“We will have telephone and Zoom interviews (because of the COVID-19 pandemic),” he said.

Day said interactions of that nature are necessary due to the social distancing invoked by the virus.

“That type of interview is more challenging, because it takes away the human element,” he said. “It’s a lot easier to get a read on someone if you are meeting them person-to-person.

“It is sometimes hard to do that with some people if you interview them by phone or by Zoom,” said Day.

“There is more of a connection with in-person interviews and I miss that aspect of the process.”

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