By Michael Mawson , Bennington Banner
BENNINGTON — One in all Vermont’s most profitable women soccer coaches over the previous few years will probably be guiding a brand new group this fall.
Aaron Wooden has been on the helm of the Arlington women soccer program since 2017, guiding them to 2 state championships within the course of. He has a brand new problem forward of him, taking up the Mount Anthony women soccer program. Wooden is listed as the women varsity soccer coach of MAU on their web site.
The rent is pending faculty board approval. The subsequent scheduled assembly will happen Wednesday, the place a vote is scheduled to happen on the destiny of native fall highschool sports activities.
Transferring as much as coach Division I is one thing Wooden is able to do.
“I am very excited for the chance,” mentioned Wooden. “Teaching the largest faculty within the county is one I could not cross up.”
He’s additionally excited to teach towards larger competitors. Wooden talked about Burr and Burton coach Suzanne Mears as somebody he has a whole lot of respect for, and is wanting ahead to the problem of competing towards her and different Division I coaches.
Wooden discovered on the spot success after taking the job at Arlington, main the college to an undefeated season and a Division IV state championship in his first yr as head coach through the 2017 season. Wooden and Arlington would go back-to-back, claiming the 2018 state title as properly.
That speedy success is one thing he’s hoping to duplicate with MAU. His first purpose is to make MAU the perfect women soccer group in Division I in southern Vermont in 2020.
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Past that, Wooden has larger aspirations.
“Yearly the purpose is to win a championship,” Wooden mentioned.
MAU athletic director Ashley Hoyt referred to as Wooden a “high-energy man” whereas referencing his success at Arlington.
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Hoyt believes that Wooden will assist Mount Anthony athletes not solely on the soccer discipline, however as college students as properly.
“He needs to offer scholar athletes an important expertise,” Hoyt mentioned.
Wooden admired MAU’s general athletic success within the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when he was a child.
“I need to return MAU women soccer to that degree,” Wooden mentioned.
Wooden has already begun getting acclimated along with his new athletes. He mentioned that many athletes have been going to coaching periods 3 times per week through the summer time, starting July 1. Twice per week, both Wooden or his assistants have attended the periods to supply steerage, and as soon as per week the gamers maintain a captains observe.
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This season will deliver on extra challenges for the brand new coach. All soccer gamers, and different fall sports activities athletes, must put on masks throughout competitors in Vermont this fall. Wooden is just not frightened about that impact.
“It is one other problem,” Wooden mentioned. “However, it is a problem for everyone.”
Wooden mentioned he’ll “cherish” his time as the women soccer coach at Arlington.
“My time teaching the Arlington women will perpetually maintain a spot in my coronary heart,” he mentioned.
Total, Wooden is able to get again to doing what he enjoys essentially the most.
“I like teaching soccer,” Wooden mentioned.
Vermont highschool sports activities are allowed to start practices Sept. eight.
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