By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer
Speaking out for the last year about the need for a Portales High School soccer program, Traci Sievers could not have imagined that she, herself, would be coaching not only the Lady Ram soccer team, but also the boys.
Sievers was hired to coach the Portales girls soccer team earlier this summer, and former Abilene High School, Texas soccer player Daniel Garcia was hired to coach the boys, but Garcia reneged, and now Sievers has been tabbed to oversee both programs — but she’ll have help.
“We’re getting her two assistant coaches,” PHS principal Melvin Nusser said. “Those assistant coaches will help her run the practices.”
The two assistants who will help Sievers are Lady Ram softball assistant Scott Parker and Killeen Lynch.
“We have not been able to find a coach for our boys program,” Fowler said. “Coach Parker is going to be assisting Mrs. Sievers with the program and he’s a longtime coach. He’s been coaching for many years, and I that’s about the best we can do at this point. We’ve been looking for a coach for six months.”
“I guess it was one of those things where that was the only way it would work out,” Sievers said. “If I have a concern, it’s just that with the way it worked out the boys really didn’t get any clinics or camps over the summer.
The girls are in the middle of a week-long clinic at the brand new Portales soccer field on the PHS campus, and there will be a tryout for the boys team on Aug. 13.
Two soccer fields have been developed on the PHS campus that will allow both teams to practice simultaneously.
“It’s going to be convenient,” Sievers said. “I’m going to try to work out some kind of schedule. Maybe have an overlapping conditioning, but when we do our team stuff, that will have to be done individually.”
Both the girls and the boys teams will travel together and have nearly an identical schedule, with the first day of practice starting on Aug. 13.
“I think Traci will do a good job coordinating the program,” Fowler said.