Coaching staff shakeup: Several teams under new management for fall season

Coaching staff shakeup: Several teams under new management for fall season

Jared Felitto, Managing Editor of Sports

With Fall sports upon us, many of the teams have a new coach at the helm. Most notably, the football team has a new staff leading the way. After an impressive 2018 season, the football team is hoping to carry that momentum under the leadership of David Hampton. Alongside Hampton, the team also has Peter Lucas, MJ Liloc, and Graham Wick (alum class of 2012) helping out along the way. According to Mr. David Hampton, he is excited about the rest of the season. 

   “I love everyone’s determination and heart on this team. The one thing I know I’m getting is that this team doesn’t quit. We had a rough home opener; the goal is to keep progressing and win the rest of our games.” Said Hampton. 

   Hampton, who spent a little time with the Vikings, is hoping to bring that NFL experience to LFA. 

Football is not the only team that has seen drastic changes: the girls swim team added Mr. Kee Ng, and JV field hockey added Ms. Meredith Norman.

   Additionally, the JV soccer team has also seen their leadership being altered with Mr. Ackim Mpofu being brought onto the staff. Mpofu, who has enjoyed the camaraderie he has developed with the team, has also been excited to get the opportunity to coach. 

  “I love the aspect of being able to learn from the game of soccer. Everyday on the field is a chance to learn something new about teamwork, problem solving, and how to be consistent even though there may be challenges on the way.” Said Mpofu. 

   Not only has Mpofu enjoyed the opportunity to coach but he’s also loved coaching this group of guys. 

   “In just these few short weeks, it’s amazing to see the growth in these boys. It’s great hope they get along with each other and the coaches” Said Mpofu. 

    The girls tennis team has also experienced a shake up. With the addition of Ms. Julia Vranas, the team is hoping to continue their success from the previous season. According to Vranas, she has had a great time coaching the girls. 

   “The players naturally work really well as a team and are very supportive of one another, which is often difficult for players of individual sports like tennis.” 

  Vranas is also trying to promote a sense of comradery for the girls.  

   “I’m hoping to facilitate a positive experience for every player. We have a lot of seniors, so I am hoping to help make their last season a great one.” Said Vranas.