Paholich gets nod for Hampton girls soccer coaching job
There are few things that can prepare a coach to take over a program better than sitting at the right hand of a legend.
For 12 seasons, Bill Paholich by the side of Hampton Lady Talbots coach Frank Christy. Now he is the man looking for a right hand as succeeds to the decorated Hampton coach.
“The big thing now is to find an assistant,” Paholich said. “Frank let me have a voice, and I hope to find the same thing.”
Being involved in soccer since age five, Paholich was not always the avid participant.
“My older brother played, and I was not happy about playing at first, because I didn't want to get kicked in the face.”
He overcame his apprehension and will be in charge of one of the best soccer programs in the area.
For more than a decade, Paholich watched, learned, offered up advice and saw and helped make decisions for a successful Lady Talbots soccer program. He said not a lot will change under his watch as he plans to keep consistent what has worked for years.
“I will tweak a few things here and there,” he said. “Nothing drastic. We had great success, I see no reason to fix what wasn't broken.”
Paholich's familiarity with the Hampton program, his 15 seasons of service, the fact he teaches within the district and the high recommendations of former players were factors in his hiring, according to Hampton athletic director Bill Cardone.
“He is a good person to lead the program,” Cardone said. “He was under the tutelage of Frank, and he knows the expectations. It is not going to be easy to replace a Frank Christy, but Bill is up to the challenge.”
Paholich said Christy helped him learn a lot about the best way to scout, game plan and prepare for an opponent.
“I helped him with formations and different substitutions,” Paholich said. “We had a constant dialogue going during games. Some parents thought all we did was sit in chairs, so we had them down on the sidelines and they told us that we didn't shut up the entire game.”
Paholich is excited to get the preseason going. He hopes to maintain the same rapport he had with the players as he did in his assistant role.
With all that going, the goal is to keep the playoff run alive.
“I am a little nervous, because now it is all on me,” he said. “Frank only missed the playoffs once, so the pressure is on to bring it every night in our section.”
When Paholich is not coaching the Lady Talbots, he coaches the Northern United soccer team. He also is an avid golfer (when time permitted), and he and Christy used to play a round of golf after each preseason practice.
“I may have to call him out of retirement for that,” Paholich said.
In addition to being a new coach, Paholich will be a new husband come July as he is ready to get married.
Paholich said he is drawn to the game because like hockey, another sport he loves, there is continuous action for long stretches.
His hope is that the continuous action of the Lady Talbots survives for another long stretch.
Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.