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Two current Mendota coaches added new programs to their resumes Tuesday.
At the Mendota High School Board meeting, boys soccer coach Chawn Huffaker was hired as the new girls soccer coach, while longtime cross country coach Kevin Wohrley was named the girls track and field coach.
Both are excited for their opportunities.
Huffaker — a longtime assistant boys soccer coach at Earlville under former coach Roger Essmann — was hired as the MHS boys coach last summer and takes over both Mendota soccer programs from former coach Nick Myers.
“I’ve wanted a varsity program for years,” Huffaker said. “When I was at Earlville, I thought I was going to be the heir apparent to Roger, but at Mendota I got (my own program) with the boys and I couldn’t have asked for more. It was a great experience and the kids are really building something positive. Now, I get to translate that into the girls program as well. From a coaching standpoint, I’m on cloud nine.”
After going 9-8-5 and advancing to the regional final this fall with the MHS boys, Huffaker takes over a Lady Trojans program that went 17-6 last spring and won the program’s first regional title.
“I’ve never really coached girls soccer,” Huffaker admitted. “At Earlville-Leland, we had some girls on the boys team, but that’s it, so I’m ready for the challenge because it is a different kind of game compared to the boys.”
Wohrley takes over the girls track and field program from former coach Mandy Thompson, who resigned as track coach and the MHS cheer sponsor after giving birth to a son last summer. Wohrley, who’s coached cross country at Mendota for nearly 15 years, has never coached track and field and instead coached his children in youth spring sports.
However, now that his children are older, he’s ready to accept the new challenge.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Wohrley said. “The one program definitely feeds into the other. I am very excited about a lot of the things that are coming out of the girls program in cross country, so hopefully we can web the programs together and make some progress in both programs.”
Jared Bell can be reached at 220-6938, or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsJared.
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