GREENFIELD — A former professional soccer player, Valdo Da Costa knows about commitment.
It was with increased player dedication in mind that he decided to enter the high school coaching ring for the first time after several years at the club level.
The Greenfield school board hired Da Costa on Monday as the Cougars’ girls’ varsity coach, replacing Dan Naegeli, who resigned last fall after five seasons.
A club and travel coach in the Indianapolis area since 2004, Da Costa coached the Doe Creek Middle School team in New Palestine last year.
“I had so much fun,” Da Costa said Tuesday during a meet-and-greet at the G-C library with his new players. “It was different experience. Girls are more committed in the school environment than in the clubs.
“In club, parents are paying, so the kids expect to play; they don’t care much if they show up to practice or not. They know they will play because ‘My mom paid.’ In middle school and high school, most of the players that are here, they really love it and they like being together and they like being at practice. So that’s definitely what I’m looking for in my teams.”
In a relatively short period of time, Da Costa has experienced all manner of soccer.