By: Rebecca Markey, Contributing Reporter
A new season brings a new coach to Dominican’s staff. Ellen Lord has recently taken the open position of Women’s Head Soccer Coach and recruiting coordinator. The post was previously held by Dominican alum, Jeff Halsema. Halsema resigned as head coach of the soccer team and took a position as assistant coach on the men’s team.
Lord found out about the position through a soccer coaches’ Web Site and was one of many coaches who applied.
There were over 50 responses posted. Soon-to-be seniors and co-captains, Kelly Rounce and Elizabeth Phipps, both participated in the selection and interview processes for their new coach.
“We got to sit in on the interviews and give our input to who we felt would be a good fit,” Rounce said. “We also got to give our input on what qualifications we were looking for as well as the athletic department’s requirements.”
This process gave a voice to the players as individuals and a team as to what they were looking for in a coach. While Lord didn’t know much about Dominican, she had heard of it. She knew enough to know it was first attended and played for Grove City College in Pennsylvania.
From there she went on to play keeper at Lexington in Kentucky where she finished with her bachelors’ degree in Journalism.
Lord came to Dominican after many years of coaching at various colleges. She was a goalkeeper coach at Mercer College in Georgia, before going to Wesleyan College, also in Georgia,to be head coach. She was also Athletic Director at Wesleyan College before spending three years as an assistant keeper coach and recruiting coordinator at Miami University in Ohio. Lord also spent one year at University of Mississippi as an assistant. Lord began her first non-traditional spring season as head coach at the start of April along with continued recruiting.
“The class for next year is in good shape,” Lord said.
Lord has a few goals for the upcoming fall season, “In general we need to establish who we are, forge a more definitive identity in the conference as well as the school,” Lord said.
The ultimate goal is “winning conference and beating Aurora,” Lord said.