Lance McCoy is returning to familiar territory.
McCoy is returning for his third stint as girls soccer coach at Bremerton High School. The hiring became official Wednesday and the 60-year-old McCoy couldn’t be happier.
“It’s exciting,” said McCoy, who replaces former coach Colette Lyons. “It’s neat to be coming back. I love coaching at Bremerton.”
McCoy, a 1973 graduate of West Bremerton High who works as lead groundskeeper for the Bremerton School District, coached the Knights from 1999-2003 before resigning. He was coaching both the boys and girls programs at the time.
“I was burned out,” McCoy said.
He returned in 2006 and led Bremerton to its first playoff win in 20 years in 2008 with a team featuring five starting freshmen. That team fell one victory shy of reaching the state tournament.
McCoy said he resigned after that season because the school district was adopting a policy that would not allow classified employees to coach.
“I didn’t want to go,” McCoy said.
McCoy remembers walking off the field after the Knights’ season-ending loss to Sumner in district play and thinking he’d never coach again.
When he saw the job posted this winter, he didn’t think twice about jumping back into the game.
“It took about 30 seconds to say yes,” McCoy said.
He returns to a Bremerton program that posted a 5-10-1 record in 2015. Participation numbers fell so low that the Knights were not able to field a JV team.
“We are going to rebuild it,” McCoy said.
McCoy said one of his former players, Jacki Hill, will serve as
one of his assistant coaches.
Former South Kitsap High standout Tori Fairweather, will be another assistant.
Both Hill and Fairweather teach at Bremerton.
Does McCoy have any reservations about returning to coach the
Knights for a third time?
“Running a program is like riding a bike,” McCoy said. “I definitely have the energy to do it.”