St. Clair women’s soccer names Sobh head coach while adding recruit Ryan
St. Clair women’s soccer names Sobh head coach while adding recruit Ryan.Photo: . Pictures may be protected by copyright.
The St. Clair Saints women’s soccer team announced a new roster addition on Friday along with a change to the coaching staff.St. Anne high school grad Keely Ryan will join the team with associate coach Gadeer Sobh assuming the role of head coach in
The St. Clair Saints women’s soccer team announced a new roster addition on Friday along with a change to the coaching staff.St. Anne high school grad Keely Ryan will join the team with associate coach Gadeer Sobh assuming the role of head coach in place of Kris Geier, who will remain on the staff as an associate coach.“It’s something we talked about last season between Gadeer and myself,” Geier said. “I thought she was ready.“I’ve coached at the collegiate level for close to 30 years and I thought it would good for her to takeover and good for the college to have a female coach coaching the team. I just enjoy helping out, if I can mentor, I think it’s a win-win situation.”Sobh has been with the program as an assistant coach or associate coach for six years and becomes the first female soccer head coach in St. Clair’s history.“Becoming a head coach is something that I’ve always wanted,” Sobh said in a release. “We are constantly working on building a culture that our student athletes will want to be a part of. A culture that will eventually help form these young women into successful, disciplined and hardworking women for years to come after graduating.”A Massey high school grad and product of the Eastside Kickers program, Sobh played midfield for the University of Windsor Lancers from 2009-12. Aside from coaching with the Saints, she has also coached for Massey and for Eastside.“We believe in caring about them as individuals first, in order to create a stronger team thereafter,” Sobh said. “The team we coach, our coaching staff and our supporting athletic staff at the college allow me to fall in love with the game over and over again. Being a part of the St. Clair family has been such a blessing and I’m so proud to be a Saint.”Sobh was thrilled with the late addition of Ryan.“We are definitely excited and extremely proud to have Keely join our squad,” Sobh said. “She is one of the top recruits in the city. She is exactly the local talent that this program needs. She brings a technical and tactical aspect to the game that will help us reach the OCAA provincial championship.”The five-foot-one Ryan helped St. Anne reached the WECSSAA girls’ AAA final the past two seasons and was a second-team all-star in 2018.“I’m looking forward to the opportunity of receiving a great education and playing a very high level of soccer with great coaches and amazing facilities at St. Clair,” Ryan, who will study practical nursing, said in a release. firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/winstarparker