CSM hires new head men’s women’s soc­cer coaches

Hawks also add bevy of new play­ers

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

With the fall sports sea­son set to get un­der way in the near fu­ture, the Col­lege Of South­ern Mary­land an­nounced the hir­ing of new head men’s soc­cer and women’s soc­cer coaches and also the com­mit­ment of more than a dozen new play­ers.

Tom Pollert, who had served as the boys soc­cer coach at Barn­sta­ble High School in Hyan­nis, Mass., the past two years, has been named as the CSM head men’s soc­cer coach for the 2016 sea­son.

Pollert was not only named the Hawks new coach this sum­mer, he was busy re­cruit­ing play­ers for the up­com­ing sea­son. Over­all, CSM signed 11 play­ers — Max Bode (Lackey), Paul Bur­ton (McDonough), Brett DeOca (St. Mary’s Ryken), Cory Hart (Thomas Stone), Branden Her­scher (North Point), An­drew Knight (Chop­ti­con), Djib­ril Mbaye (Gwynn Park), Jack­son Mead­ows (La Plata), Miguel Navarro (Calvert), Bradley Reiber (McDonough) and Kenny San­tos (Friendly).

“We are pleased with the 11 new sign­ings,” Pollert said in a col­lege news re­lease. “Each player brings a dif­fer­ent skill set that, along with our re­turn­ers, will make CSM com­pet­i­tive in MD­JUCO and Re­gion XX.”

All but Mbaye and San­tos, who grad­u­ated from schools in Prince Ge­orge’s County, and DeOca, who at­tended Ryken which com­petes in the Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence, played in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence. Bode, Knight and Mead­ows are mid­field­ers, while Bur­ton, DeOca, Hart, Navarro and Reiber are de­fend­ers and Her­scher, Mbaye and San­tos are for­wards.

Pollert was also the women’s as­sis­tant soc­cer coach and goal­keeper coach at the Mas­sachusetts Mar­itime Academy, an NCAA Di­vi­sion III school. He was also the men’s as­sis­tant coach and even­tu­ally head coach at Franklin Col­lege (Ind.), also an NCAA Di­vi­sion III school where he played and earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in so­ci­ol­ogy.

Serv­ing as the CSM men’s as­sis­tant coach this fall will be Si­mon French, a na­tive of Buck­ing­ham, Eng­land who is now a stu­dent at CSM and also cur­rently works for the Calvert Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion run­ning the de­vel­op­ment academy and work­ing within the travel pro­gram.

“This will be my first year as an as­sis­tant coach for a col­le­giate team and I hope to bring suc­cess to this fan­tas­tic in­sti­tu­tion while con­tin­u­ing my pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment,” French said in the col­lege news re­lease. “Since 2010, I have coached com­pet­i­tive travel teams in both Mary­land and Vir­ginia, lead­ing to var­i­ous league and tour­na­ment ti­tles.”

Barry McGrel­lis, a na­tive of Scot­land who played NCAA Di­vi­sion I soc­cer at Rider Univer­sity (N.J.), is CSM’s new head women’s soc­cer coach.

McGrel­lis has spent the pre­vi­ous six years coach­ing pro­fes­sional soc­cer in the United King­dom and the United States. He also holds li­censes from the USSF, the NSCAA and the Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to the pro­gram.

McGrel­lis will also have four new play­ers of the ros­ter this fall. Brenna Kelly (Leonard­town), Re­becca Lad­ner (Great Mills), El­iz­a­beth Sch­wenk (North­ern) and Jazmin Sum­mers (Chop­ti­con) all ar­rive from SMAC pro­grams. Kelly and Sch­wenk are for­wards, while Lad­ner is a de­fender and Sum­mers is a goalie.

McGrel­lis said in a col­lege news re­lease, “Com­ing out of the strong [Calvert Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion] Travel Pro­gram, El­iz­a­beth shows an ex­cel­lent level of com­fort on the ball and a strong un­der­stand­ing of the game. Her speed, agility and at­tack­ing men­tal­ity will make her an ex­cit­ing player to watch this sea­son and a fan­tas­tic ben­e­fit to the of­fen­sive sys­tem adopted by the Hawks.

“Re­becca’s nat­u­ral ath­leti­cism, strength and po­si­tional aware­ness will al­low for seam­less tran­si­tion to col­lege-level soc­cer. A prod­uct of the St. Mary’s travel sys­tem, Jazmin ex­hibits ex­cel­lent strength, a fan­tas­tic work ethic and un­par­al­leled de­ter­mi­na­tion. Brenna is a for­ward with out­stand­ing foot­work, good close con­trol and a cul­tured first touch. Her nat­u­ral abil­ity to quickly con­trol the ball and link up with sur­round­ing play­ers is sure to be a key com­po­nent of the Hawks of­fen­sive ap­proach this fall.”

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