Manistee girls soccer has new varsity head coach

Jaclyn Trahan, Manistee High School's new girls soccer varsity head coach. (Courtesy photo)

Jaclyn Trahan, Manistee High School’s new girls soccer varsity head coach. (Courtesy photo)

MANISTEE — The weather outside may be frightful now, but the Manistee High School girls soccer program is preparing for spring after the hiring of a new varsity head coach.

Jaclyn Trahan will take over the program from longtime head coach Rudy Guillen after being confirmed by the Manistee Area Public Schools Board of Education at its regular meeting on Dec. 13. Guillen stepped down at the end of last season after 14 years at the helm of the program.

“I’m very excited,” Trahan said. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Trahan, who teaches fifth grade at Kennedy Elementary, coached the Chippewa junior varsity team last year, which she said will help her in the transition to the varsity job.

“It’s a big advantage,” Trahan said. “I learned a lot coaching with Rudy (Guillen) and learning from him, seeing what worked and what didn’t work, and learning how to work with the girls. So I think it was a huge asset to be the JV coach first before stepping into the varsity role.”

Previously, Trahan coached youth teams for the Manistee Recreation Association for two years after moving to the area from her hometown of Freeland.

Trahan played varsity soccer at Freeland until graduating in 2011 winning 3 district titles. The Falcons were ousted from the Division 3 state tournament in her senior year by eventual state champion Flint Powers, but they did it without Trahan, whose season and career came to a premature end due to a knee injury.

After graduation, Trahan coached a girls travel team in Freeland, starting a coaching career that has led her to the varsity job at Manistee. She said that coaching a varsity team has been a goal of hers since high school.

“When I played soccer, that was always what I wanted to do,” Trahan said. “I was hoping to play in college, but I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) so that kind of fell through.”

Trahan, who was a defender and midfielder in her playing days, said that her teams will emphasize attacking soccer.

“My philosophy is that you defend, but you defend by attacking,” she said. “I think it’s a lot better for the girls to be aggressive and go towards the ball and win it than play off of it.”

Trahan’s assistant last year, Kathy Smith, will take over as JV head coach.

Practice for the 2018 girls soccer season starts on March 12.

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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