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Wade dives in, takes Leopards boys soccer job

January 17, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

SMITHSBURG - Stan Wade has been named the new boys soccer coach at Smithsburg High School.

Smithsburg athletic director Teresa Bachtell said Wednesday that Wade will succeed Paul Newman, who stepped down following the 2007 campaign.

The 53-year-old Wade was an assistant coach under Newman for the past 10 years.

"Paul and I have been friends for 15 years, ever since our two sons started together in youth soccer," Wade said. "I helped Paul when he got the junior varsity job at the high school and I later helped him with the varsity program."

Wade says he plans little change in coaching philosophies.

"I've always stressed defense and I'll continue to stress defense," Wade said. "And one of my goals as an assistant was to make sure the players were fundamentally strong. That's important in any sport."

Wade said with nine graduating seniors, there will be plenty of opportunities for players from a solid junior varsity feeder program to make the varsity squad next season.

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Wade has been involved in youth soccer for 25 years.

"My involvement started in Jacksonville, N.C.," Wade said. "My two kids were on a team which had just one coach. I attended the practice sessions and, one day, he asked me if I could help out. One thing led to another and I really got interested in the coaching aspect of the sport."

When Wade and his family moved to Smithsburg, he met Newman and the two paired up to coach soccer at the high school level.

"It's something I still enjoy," Wade said of the coaching experience. "The team this year really worked hard and had a good season."

Newman's final season was one to remember.

Smithsburg finished 14-3 and won the Washington County Tournament title and the MVAL Antietam crown with a 5-0 conference record.

The Leopards won Maryland Class 1A West titles in 2001 and 2002 and reached the state final in 2002.

Wade, who is employed at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., said he hopes to enjoy that type of success while at the helm of the Leopards.

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