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New Greensburg Salem soccer coach brings passion to program

| Thursday, March 6, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

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.

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