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Posted March 26, 2013
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: A chat with Xavier’s new soccer coach

Xavier's Kelsie Sargent (7), Tori Shepard and Annie Dale (11) run with the rest of the team to collect their championship trophy following their victory over Waukee in the 2011 Class 2A championship game. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

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Bailey Dorrington, new Xavier coach

By Shannon Mulcahey, Xavier junior

A question and answer with new Xavier girls’ soccer coach and former Xavier state champion Bailey Dorrington.

 Q: What year did you graduate from Xavier?

A: 2007

Q: Did you play any other sports at Xavier?

A: Yes, I did basketball and track for a couple of years. I was on the varsity basketball team my sophomore, junior, and senior year. My sophomore and senior year we won state under Coach (Tom) Lilly’s guidance.

Q: Were you on the soccer team at Xavier for any of the championship wins?

A: We won state my freshman year, sophomore year and senior year. My junior year we were second place at state.

Q: Since you graduated, how have you stayed connected with Xavier’s soccer program?

A: When I wasn’t coaching the girls’ soccer team, I would always try to attend games as often as I could. I would also follow them via the sports section of the newspaper. I was excited at the thought of coaching for Xavier, especially for the soccer program, which has such a successful history.

Q: Do you have any goals for yourself as a coach or for the team?

A: For the team, at the top of our list is to bring home a state championship this year. But there are some other important things we will be focusing on this season as well such as team unity, volunteering and making sure to enjoy the season. There has been a lot of pressure on the girls the last few years with the seven consecutive wins – I would like to bring them back to reality, reminding them that they can have fun, enjoy the time with their teammates and compete at the highest level possible on the field all at the same time.


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