VERONA, NJ - After a solid playing career at Verona High School life has come full circle for Kerrin Goosman as she now takes the reigns of the Girls Soccer Team looking to reinvigorate the program.
“I’m not here to say I’m going to bring this program from zero to 100 in a season…while everyone would love that it’s not how the game is played,” said Goosman. “I want to instill confidence in [the team] and in one another so when they get on the field it translates and the game becomes more fluid and that’s when they start seeing the success they deserve.“
For Goosman, a 2005 graduate of VHS, the position opening was the perfect fit between coach and program. After four years of varsity play as a Lady Hillbilly’s Left Backer Goosman has spent much of the last 12 years teaching the game to others in the town through the Verona United program.
“I feel like this was tailored to me, these are my girls about to go into [the high school program] where I’ve been training for three years, I’ve already had a U19 team from the high school in the spring so I know some of the girls already, and here I am going back to the school where it all began for me,” said Goosman
Goosman admitted there will be some challenges along the way in trying to help build back up the program. While she has a solid foundation of knowledge on some of the incoming players there are still several unknowns as to players she has yet to see and evaluate. She will need to move quickly in order to set up her optimal roster for opening day.
“I’m going to be walking into it in preseason which is approximately three weeks to go before our first game together and there’s going to be about half the girls that I don’t know how they even play yet…its good because if they want to play and start varsity they’ll have to prove to me how much they want it, but at the same time its tough on me because I have to be well equipped to make that decision with so little time,” said Goosman.
Goosman has both immediate and long-term goals for the program. She will look on the larger scale for a synergy between JV and Varsity alike in player development and participation. In working with her new Assistant Coach Taylor DiMaio, Goosman is establishing a new culture for the soccer program. She hopes that in time through a cohesive transition the grassroots program can help produce a freshman squad to help develop the program even further.
“If I can get our numbers up to such an extent to where we can create those three teams and have a really strong three teams that’s what I’m working towards,” said Goosman.
Currently Goosman has focused her goals on conditioning the team in order to prepare for the season. She’s set several goals this year that she feels are achievable for both of the 2017 Lady Hillbillies Soccer Teams.
“We will not lose a game because we’re tired in the last 15 minutes and my goal for both teams is to come out minimally with wins on half our games,” said Goosman.
Goosman will make her Verona Head Coaching debut on September 5 as Verona takes on Bernards High School in their season opener.