FORTVILLE — Content in retirement, Steve Williams wasn’t looking for a coaching job.
In fact, the former Mt. Vernon boys soccer coach yielded managing duties of his U-17 club team for the upcoming spring season.
“It was going to be the first time I haven’t coached a team in like 30 years,” he said. “I got refreshed.”
An avid follower of both Marauder soccer programs, Williams was well aware of the girls open coaching position, but said the vacancy “wasn’t even on my radar.”
Recently, MV co-athletic director Greg Roach approached Williams to gauge his interest regarding the opening. The coaching seed was planted.
“I took a couple of days. My initial reaction was, ‘Oh, I’m not sure.’ I was indecisive,” said Williams, who coached the Mt. Vernon boys from 2000-08. “The more I thought about it, I thought I’d kind of love the challenge. I’ve watched the girls over the years; not with the eye that a coach would have as much as a spectator. I really admired the job Casey (Dodd) did with them.
“The pieces were all there as far as the administration, the people there. It’s a family atmosphere. I really get along with (co-athletic director) Derek (Shelton), Greg and Chad (Soden), the assistant coach. It’s a bunch of nice people that if was going to come back and coach again, this would be the place I would love to coach.”
Williams was approved earlier this week by the MV school board. He succeeds Dodd, who went 83-51-3 in seven seasons before stepping down after the 2013 campaign to spend more time with his family and infant child.