Members of the Summerville High School Girls Soccer program met their new head coach last week.
Cheryl Baggett, who was announced as the new Lady Green Wave Soccer coach in June, attended an open play session for team members where she met some players for the first time. The coach is in the process of moving to the area from York, S.C.
“I’m excited about starting to work with them,” Baggett said. “Soon I will be able to get more involved and really get to know everyone. Traditionally, Summerville has good programs and I’m looking forward to living in this part of the state.”
Baggett, who will also teach Physical Education, brings 12 years of coaching experience and 11 years of teaching experience to the position. She has worked with both boys’ and girls’ soccer teams.
She led the York Comprehensive High School Girls Soccer team to a region championship two of the past three seasons. During two clean sweeps of region opponents, York had a 20-0 record in region play.
She has also coached at both the NCAA D1 and D2 levels and served as a basketball coach.
As an athlete, she starred on the pitch for both York College and Bethel College. The goalkeeper/midfielder earned all-conference honors at both colleges. During her time at Bethel, she also received All-American and Team MVP honors. She helped Bethel capture multiple conference titles and advance to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championships.
As a high school athlete in the Toronto, Canada area, she garnered multiple accolades including being named her school’s Female Athlete of the Year.
Baggett is still evaluating exactly what is best for the Lady Green Wave program, but she does have some goals in mind.
“When I talked to the players about things I believe are important some of their eyes kind of got big and I think that’s good,” Baggett said. “I want them all to get in the weight room so we can get stronger and faster. That’s always seemed to help with the other teams I’ve coached. After I see exactly what type of athletes we have I can think about what kind of attack we should use and those sorts of things.”
Her husband, Knox, has taken a position as an assistant coach for the Goose Creek High School Football team. The couple has two daughters, 5-year-old Macie and 3-year-old Mary-Knox.