Dawson County High School boys’ varsity soccer Coach Derek Waters resigned effective Sept. 11, according to Athletic Director Jason Gibson.
The head coach of the Dawson County Middle School team, Patrick Meunchen, has been named as his replacement for the upcoming season.
“Coach Waters did an outstanding job during an incredibly difficult time with our soccer program,” Gibson said. “We appreciate his willingness to step in after Coach Lacey’s passing and continue to lead our boys’ soccer program.”
Waters, an assistant coach with the program for six years, took over as head coach after then-Head Coach Jed Lacey was killed in a car wreck in August 2017. Waters led the team deep into the Sweet 16 round of the playoffs before ending the season with a loss to North Murray High School.
“It was a tremendous blessing and honor to be able to work with and learn from Coach Lacey over those years,” Waters said. “All the successes we were able to enjoy last season I attribute to the passion, love and knowledge of the game that Coach Lacey poured into the players.”
Waters plans to continue in his role as an assistant football coach for the Dawson County Tigers and has no plans to leave his teaching position at the high school. He is looking forward to spending his extra time in the spring with his two young boys, Harley and Hudson, and his wife Megan.
“We have very busy schedules,” Waters said. “We look forward to having the opportunity to enjoy a little more time together in the spring.”
Meunchen has been a part of the Dawson County soccer program as the head coach of the middle school team since 2014 and has been involved in soccer as a player or coach since childhood.
Meunchen said he is looking to build on the success of last season.
“I am excited about the opportunity to join the boys’ soccer varsity program,” Meunchen said. “I appreciate the opportunity given to me by our athletic director.”
The team itself is also going through a transition as eight seniors graduated last spring leaving open several key positions as the beginning of the season approaches.
“I am anxious to see which of our boys will step up to fill these positions,” Meunchen said. “I am greatly looking forward to our season, and with some hard work and adjustments to our play style, we can have a great season.”