PHCC hires men’s soccer coach

March 27, 2014

In a sport often called the “beautiful game,” Wednesday night offered a beautiful ending and, perhaps, a beautiful beginning for Carlisle School boys head soccer coach Enda Crehan.enda

Crehan, who has been the coach of the Chiefs for the past three years, is leaving Carlisle but won’t be going far. He recently accepted  the newly formed position of advancement recruiter at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) as well as becoming the program’s new men’s soccer coach.

Crehan will replace Scott Haywood, who resigned at the end of last season.

As advancement recruiter, he will be in charge of developing comprehensive recruitment strategies to advance the college as a whole, he said.

“I’m not going far, but it’s hard to even talk about it,” Crehan said Wednesday, after coaching his Carlisle boys in an informal spring exhibition game against members of the Ferrum College men’s team at the Smith River Sports Complex.

“I can’t turn (this position) down, and it’s such a great position dealing with a Division I Junior College. It’s just so emotional to leave the kids.”

His seniors and a few of the bright stars he leaves behind, bid him a fine farewell Wednesday at the SRSC. The Chiefs were able to muster a 2-2 draw with Panthers, getting a last minute header by junior Landon Hill on a perfectly placed cross from senior Osman Sillah. Freshman Kizza Edward — who led the team with 37 goals last season — found junior Bryce Dietrich for the team’s first goal of the match.

In the nearly 40 matches Crehan has coached the Carlisle boys at the SRSC, he still has never lost a game in regulation. His lone loss came in a penalty kick shootout in the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division II quarterfinals during his first season.

This was the second year the two teams partnered for a spring exhibition. Carlisle’s Michael Ratliff has committed to play at Ferrum in the fall. Crehan said he hopes to have the school continue the event as a way of keeping the guys active during the offseason, while also pushing their names to recruiters.

A coach from the University of Virginia also came down to watch Edwards, who is currently been highly sought after by the perennial national power in Charlottesville.

While Crehan came up short the last two seasons in the state title game, he compiled a 56-7 record over his three years. All of his losses the last two seasons came on the road.

“That’s the goal when you get involved is to win, and unfortunately we didn’t win the big prize and it still hurts to this day. I think that is something I will carry to my grave,” Crehan said. “But there have been some fun nights out (at the SRSC) and tonight was another one of them.”

All three teams were academic All-American teams and Crehan said Susan Aaron, the school’s counselor, played a big part in that. With five current seniors being recruited to play college soccer next season and three currently playing who graduated last season, Crehan left a positive mark on the program.

His assistant Richard Hall said that coaching at the next level will be the easy part for Crehan. What helps make him stand out he said is his ability to relate to people and the feel he has for the international influences PHCC hopes to bring in.

“It’s a process, and you never want to hold someone back from a good step in their career, and taking that job at Patrick Henry is a step,” Hall said. “It won’t be the end of his career, but having him here still helps continue to raise the level of soccer in the area.”

At PHCC, he inherits a team that has 12 guys returning for a team that continued to progress forward in its second year of existence. Crehan said that he hopes to bring the same kind of success to that program as he has done the last three years at Carlisle.

“The Patrick Henry athletic department is very excited that Enda will be leading our men’s soccer team in the coming years,” Vice President for Institutional Advancement at PHCC Christopher Parker said. “His success and work ethic have been very well noted at both Averett University and the Carlisle School.”


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