YORK TWP. — A familiar face left Buckeye’s boys soccer program when Ed Holmes stepped down Sunday due to medical reasons.
As a result, first-year athletic director Tom Harrington has replaced him with two more familiar faces.
Already board approved and active in team practices, Joe Serio and Jeff Koeth have been named co-coaches for the Bucks this season.
“We wanted to put the kids in the best position possible to make sure they succeed,” Harrington said. “We felt that getting this taken care of as quickly as possible allowed us to do that.
“We’re excited about it. No. 1, they’re a great fit for our kids. No. 2, they’re teachers, so they understand how the role of athletics pertains to the total education of a child. No. 3, they are going to do a great job coaching. A familiar face does allow for an easier transition in a short amount of time.”
Co-coaches for two seasons at Buckeye before Holmes took over in 2016, the duo is very familiar with the program.
A part of the program for four of the last six years, Serio, 50, guided the Bucks to a Patriot Athletic Conference title in every season and compiled a 40-20-11 record with a 34-5-8 mark in the league.
“I’m glad to be back,” said Serio, who teaches social studies at the high school. “I know who I’m working with. I know my colleagues are professional people and I’m confident we’ll have a successful season.
“Luckily for Jeff and myself, we know these guys as students, so there is a different dynamic and relationship with them. It’s an advantage we have. It means a great deal. We know them not only as athletes, but as students, and that tells us a lot about their character.”
Koeth, 44, has been a mainstay in the program, having been involved in Buckeye soccer for 14 of the last 15 seasons.
The biology teacher has plenty of experience in dealing with all aspects of the team, so coming in late shouldn’t be an issue with the season opener looming on Aug. 19.
“I feel confident that we’re ready to pick things up kind of where we left off,” Koeth said. “There’s organization and the structure and dealing with a new set of kids, but I feel like the few years we did coach together allow us to pick back up.”
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