By Joey Merkel
The University of Mary Washington Athletic Department has named former assistant coach Corey Hewson to take over as head coach of the women’s soccer team effective immediately. Hewson served as an assistant to lacrosse Head Coach Kurt Glaeser for the past seven years.
The success of the women’s soccer program made the vacancy a very sought after job.
“I would like to think that I was a front runner,” said Hewson. “But I’m an optimist, I had to think that this was my job and it was up to the others to take it from me.”
The athletic department began its search for a new head coach beginning in late November and took applications until December 3rd..
“There were a total of 50 applications that we had to narrow down to just three,” said Athletic Director Ed Hegmann. “All staff members read the interviews and were able to interview the candidates.”
After narrowing down the applicants to just three candidates, they were all interviewed by the Academic Dean and the women’s soccer team. After receiving recommendations for the three candidates the decision was an easy one.
“His knowledge of the position and his knowledge of recruiting,” said Hegmann, made him very impressed with Hewson. The women’s soccer team was also strongly recommending Hewson for the job.
The final candidates were put on a forum and the soccer players were able to ask each of them questions regarding their coaching abilities.
“As a team I think were excited,” said Junior defender Kim Pernice. “We’ll get to continue where we left off last semester.”
Pernice is confident in Hewson’s abilities and is expecting success in the upcoming season and thinks the team has a chance at a title game.
“He’ll be able to bring new things to the table and a new energy that we hope will bring us back to a National Title game,” said Pernice.
Hewson was surprised after Coach Glaeser stepped aside but feels that the lacrosse team is going to ready and rearing to go.
“The lacrosse program will catch people by surprise in this year in the conference,” said Hewson.
Hewson, on top of his head coaching responsibilities, teaches at the Regional Alternative Program in downtown Fredericksburg working with at-risk youth.
“It’s challenging,” said Hewson. “But it’s great to work with kids that don’t have the same opportunity but are trying some have, but are trying to get back on right track.”
Hewson is very excited about his upcoming season this year and looks forward to reinforcing the reason why he was hired in the first place.