Focus on Sports
Skipjacks get former C-SD head coach for soccer
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
WYE MILLS Mark Dennis, who spent five seasons at Cambridge-South Dorchester High, is Chesapeake College´s new head men´s soccer coach.
"I enjoy coaching and I´m looking forward to the challenge," said Dennis, a 17-year coaching veteran who left C-SD after the 2008 season. "I´ve coached everything from 8-year-olds up to college and I wanted to take the next step in coaching."
"We´re thrilled to have Mark join our coaching staff," said Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski. "Mark´s experience, especially his tenure as a local high school coach, should be a huge benefit as we try to build on our recent success in soccer."
Dennis inherits a Chesapeake College program that posted its best record (8-5-1) in nearly two decades last fall, but only a handful of Skipjacks return from that team. That makes recruiting Dennis´ immediate priority.
"I hope to be able to attract student athletes who played on local high school teams," said Dennis, who holds a coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation. "I think a lot of kids are nervous about taking that next step, but our local soccer players are capable of playing at the next level.
"We are fortunate to have some excellent high school soccer programs in the Mid-Shore region that feed Chesapeake College with soccer players with a good understanding of the game," added Dennis. "It is also a benefit that most of these guys already know each other from playing with or against one another."
Last year´s Skipjacks proved Dennis´ point. Led by Mohamad Dajani, a Cambridge-South Dorchester High graduate who scored a team-high 16 goals, the Skipjacks were the surprise team of Maryland JuCo. Their season was highlighted by a 2-1 victory over previously unbeaten Howard Community College.
In order to repeat that success, Dennis said he needs to quickly fill out the Skipjacks´ roster.
"I´m hoping local players who recently graduated from high school will contact me (email@example.com) or show up for our first practice," said Dennis, who will start practice on Monday, August 2nd, at 5 p.m.
"The sooner players contact me, the sooner we can get them registered for the fall semester," noted Dennis.
Dennis´ coaching resume includes extensive experience with some of the top regional soccer travel leagues, including the Mid-Atlantic Soccer League, Baltimore Beltway Soccer League, and National Capital Soccer League.
Dennis, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Salisbury University, is the assistant supervisor for assessment and taxation in Dorchester County. He has spent 31 years working for the State of Maryland.
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