JACKSON – Dave Mifsud has created a soccer household throughout his eight seasons as the pinnacle coach of the Parma Western soccer program.
Now, the veteran coach is popping his consideration to serving to mentor his fast household in Ohio.
Mifsud formally stepped down as the pinnacle soccer coach at Western final week and can take over at Genoa Excessive Faculty in Ohio, which is situated close to his son, Anthony, and his younger and increasing household.
“My son and his spouse only recently had their third youngster about three weeks in the past,” mentioned Mifsud. “They stay in Perrysburg, Ohio, which is within the Toledo space, so we don’t get to see them as a lot as we’d like. Personally, I bear in mind my father ready till my children received older to return up and watch them play sports activities, however he solely received to see my oldest daughter run monitor earlier than he had a stroke.
“He ended up passing away afterward and my mother wasn’t capable of journey a lot after that. She wasn’t capable of go to weddings or particular occasions, and she or he doesn’t actually know her great-grandchildren. So, seeing that occur inside my circle of relatives form of gave me the conclusion that I don’t need to miss out on being concerned in my grandkids’ lives.
“My spouse and I talked concerning the Toledo space being central hub for our household. We figured that might be location, so we began potential job alternatives and the job at Genoa lately grew to become accessible and that appeared like match for myself and my household.”
Mifsud has compiled a 150-90 general document throughout his 24 years as a head coach, together with a 42-32 mark at Parma Western, which had by no means certified for the highschool soccer playoffs in its historical past earlier than his arrival. Throughout his tenure, the Panthers made 5 playoff appearances, received the primary playoff sport and district championship at school historical past in 2018 and received a convention championship this previous season for the primary time since 1975.
“It was a really emotional determination,” mentioned Mifsud on leaving Western. “It’s robust to say goodbye to a spot that you simply love, and lots of people which have grown very expensive to you in an eight-year time frame. For me, I have a look at it as I’m going to depart Western in what I think about excellent form. I believe it’s a really fascinating job and a terrific place. No matter occurs with the hiring course of, someone goes to step into place in a program that’s sturdy and has the chance to do nice issues.
“I hope for nothing however the very best for Western sooner or later and I’ll at all times maintain the Panthers very close to and expensive to my coronary heart.”
For Parma Western athletic director Ryan Hackworth, the duty of changing somebody who has modified the very material of what it means to be a Western Panther will probably be a tough enterprise.
“Dave got here to Western within the spring of 2013 with the problem of turning this system round,” he mentioned. “His monitor document of success carries on with him as he leaves Western as our most profitable coach in program historical past.
“Dave deserves a whole lot of credit score for the success throughout Western athletics since he got here on board. The tradition he established mixed with the success on the gridiron filtered all through the group, the varsity, and finally the student-athletes.
“I used to be blessed to work with Dave for the final six years. As a soccer coach, he by no means felt his program was above every other program throughout the athletic division. He was genuinely supportive of all athletic groups and was frequently seen cheering them on from the stands all through the varsity yr. I appreciated Dave’s calm, level-headed strategy in each state of affairs particularly on the earth of athletics the place feelings can escalate rapidly. I’m honored to name him a mentor, coach, and good friend.
“He leaves a long-lasting legacy and can at all times be thought of a Panther. I want him the very best of luck and totally assist his transfer to Genoa to be nearer to his household.”
Candidates for the job opening at Western are requested to submit a letter of curiosity, a resume, references and two letters of advice and apply on-line on the district’s website by Monday, March 1, at 4 p.m.
“The method of hiring a brand new varsity coach in any sport is usually a worrying time interval,” mentioned Hackworth. “That being mentioned, I’m equally excited to start the method and meet the candidates. We’ve a stable basis and super group assist for the subsequent coach to return in and put their fingerprints on this system.
“I’m optimistic many certified coaches will see Western as an attractive alternative when researching this system, the district, and our group as a complete. Out of respect for the subsequent coach and low season planning functions, I wish to have the person in place previous to Spring Break however will must be versatile because it pertains to anticipated educating vacancies throughout the district ought to the candidate search a educating function as nicely.”
If prompted, a well-known useful resource is barely a cellphone name away for Hackworth and the varsity’s search committee.
“I advised Ryan that I might be glad to supply any recommendation or assist out nonetheless I’m wanted, however I additionally don’t need to stick my nostril into the varsity’s enterprise,” mentioned Mifsud. “I simply don’t suppose that’s my place. I’m not the one who’s going to be concerned as soon as that call is made, in order that’s extra of a choice that must be made by the athletic division, the search committee, and the varsity board.
“I do know that Western is a superb alternative for any passionate coach and I consider there are some sturdy candidates already on workers at Western and all through the local people that might succeed if given the right assist. Whatever the determination, I do know the gamers inside that program will probably be pushed to succeed and proceed to push for these targets and preserve the usual they’ve helped set up these previous eight years.”