New Greensburg Salem soccer coach brings passion to program
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Jaclyn Fawcett always excelled on the soccer field during her playing days. Now, as the newly named coach of the Greensburg Salem girls soccer team, Fawcett is prepared to prove her prowess on the sidelines.
Fawcett, a former standout at Penn-Trafford, acted as captain of the girls soccer team at Seton Hill in 2012, where, upon graduation, she was named a graduate assistant coach for the Griffins. Next, she went on to become an assistant on Greensburg Salem's 2013 coaching staff.
After seeing her squad lose in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs last season, Fawcett believes she is the right person to seize upon the solid foundation of regular-season success the Golden Lions girls soccer program has built and turn it into a Class AA playoff power.
“The goal is not only to make the playoffs. We already reached that goal,” Fawcett said. “My goal, personally, is for us to try to win the section next season.”
Although she has not been at Greensburg Salem long, Fawcett's passion for the game coupled with her sharp soccer intellect, have already helped conjure up enthusiasm surrounding the program.
While athletic director Lynn Jobe is aware past accomplishments didn't come easy, she also believes her new coach is the right leader to take the girls soccer program to the next tier of success.
“We've had coaches here that have enabled our kids to get into playoff position. We've had great coaching in the past,” Jobe said. “We think she will build on what those coaches have achieved and hopefully take us to the next level.”
Naming a new coach was a process of careful deliberation for the Greensburg Salem School Board. Still, Jobe does not hesitate when giving her full endorsement to Fawcett.
“She has a soccer background. She played the game. She excelled at the game,” Jobe said. “She's passionate about the game, and she wants to give back to the game.”
Fawcett, a 4.0 student in high school and college, also works as a math teacher at Greensburg Salem High School. The former soccer standout sees her educator's role as fundamental to her learning process as a coach, and vice versa.
“Just like coaching, with teaching you have to have that line,” Fawcett said. “That line between ‘I'm doing something to help you,' I'm not just a friend or something. But the girls have been great. I see them every day, they always stop down and visit me in the classroom.”
Kevin Lohman is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Acme man’s ephemeral sculptures appear to defy laws of physics
- Kennywood fanatic, 82, rides Jack Rabbit 95 times in a row
- Cochran repair center planned in Harrison
- Rossi: After L.A., NFL should tread carefully
- Exhibit reproduces painter Frida Kahlo’s inspiration
- Early success in White House race a pleasant surprise for Carson
- Vietnam vets from Fayette recall service — and those who didn’t make it home
- Oncologists wary of scaled-back guidelines in cancer screenings
- Starter Liriano strikes out 12, leads Pirates to series sweep of Mets
- Neighbor arrested after McKeesport house fire, authorities say
- Posthumous election wins have happened in Western Pa., nation