Cedar Rapids Xavier is expected Wednesday to officially announce Bailey Dorrington as it new head girls’ soccer coach. The 24-year-old was an assistant last season for Doug Graham, who is stepping down to concentrate on his construction/restauranteur jobs.
“It’s an honor, and I’m super excited,” Dorrington said.
Xavier has won seven consecutive state championships, a record for all IGHSAU sports. It loses just five players off last season’s team and among the returnees is all-state striker Kayla Armstrong.
She is one of the top players in the state and will play college soccer at Drake. That’s where Dorrington played following her career at Xavier, where she won three state championships in four years.
That included being a member of the 2006 and 2007 Saints, which began this incredible title run.
“Absolutely not,” she said, when asked if there was a part of her that was scared to be the coach of the next Xavier team that inevitably doesn’t win a state championship. “Somebody is going to be that person. That question was asked of me when I interviewed.
“You don’t get into coaching just for (winning). It’s to help prepare kids for their future life. I know a lot of coaches that would say exactly the same thing.”CEDAR RAPIDS – If you’ve got to replace a coach who is part of a historical championship run, you might as well do it with a former player who is part of a historical state championship run.