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Hawks to try again in soccer

September 23, 1998|By BOB PARASILITI

Hawks to try again in soccer

HCC, Hammond push back new program to 1999

Cathy Hammond got the inspiration for her new job by getting nostalgic watching her daughter play youth soccer.

"I want her to have the opportunity to compete that I never had," Hammond said. "Girls are able to play in high school, but there is nowhere around here for them to compete after high school. They work as hard as the boys do, so they deserve that chance."

Starting in the fall of 1999, they will have that chance. On Tuesday, Hammond was named the head coach for the inaugural season of women's soccer at Hagerstown Community College. It will be the second try at HCC to start a women's program after failing to get enough women to field a team this season.

Hammond won't allow the program to stay dormant again.

"I'm composing a letter to the coaches in the Tri-State area to get people aware that there is a coach here and that we are starting the program," Hammond said. "I'm going to ask them for their help to get the program off the ground."

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Hammond, of Waynesboro, Pa., got started in coaching by working with youth and YMCA leagues. She coached her daughter from age 5 through 14, and then began coaching her son from age 5 through 10.

She returned for a second coaching stint at HCC last year, working with Marlys Palmer and the women's basketball team. After a total of seven years with the HCC women's sports program and 14 years of coaching youths, she was selected for the new position.

"This was an easy selection," HCC athletic director Jim Brown said. "Cathy has been involved with the youth soccer programs in the area and knows a lot of the young women who we hope will be coming here. This opens a new sport for the young women in this area with the chance to mature and get the education to advance to a four-year school."

Unlike other coaches moving into a college program, Hammond has the opportunity to select the players she needs to start the program instead of molding the group which was left to her.

The recruiting process will start immediately, and she's hoping to have the start of a roster by the end of the fall semester.

"This is a challenge I'm willing to undertake," Hammond said. "I hope the girls will come out and pursue soccer careers here. It's not going to be easy, but I want the girls to come here because they want to."

And get that extra chance to compete that Cathy Hammond never had.

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