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Change at the top for South girls soccer

May 13, 2010|By ANDREW MASON

The 15-year Buhrman Era is over for the South Hagerstown girls soccer team.

Scott Buhrman, who coached the Rebels the last three seasons, has resigned. He took over the team in 2007 from his father, Bruce Buhrman, who had started the program 12 years earlier.

"I had a very positive experience for those years," Scott Buhrman said. "It was very enjoyable, just a lot of fun. I'll remember it forever."

Abib Niang, 47, of Hagerstown, is set to pick up where the Buhrmans left off as South's new coach.

"I'm excited," Niang said. "What I want to do is build a program. Right now, we just need to start improving, starting with the skills and fundamentals."

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There's nowhere for South to go but up. The Rebels, who went 1-12-1 last year, have never had a winning season.

"It's something I hope to change," Niang said. "I will give them the tools to perform and play soccer. I'm hoping they can get better and better each season."

Niang, who has worked as a regional coach trainer for the Hagerstown Area Youth Soccer League, was a star player on the West Virginia University men's soccer team in the 1980s. At WVU, which was ranked as high as ninth in NCAA Division I while Niang was on the team, he was a team captain and led the Mountaineers in scoring his senior year.

"Soccer has always been a big part of my life," said Niang, whose daughter, Madeleine, will be a sophomore on his team this fall.

He also said he knows that miracles won't happen overnight at South.

"It's definitely a building process," he said.

Scott Buhrman said wins and losses had nothing to do with his resignation.

"It was just time for me to step down," he said. "I'd like to remember my coaching experience and work with the girls as positively as possible. They're a great bunch of kids, and they have a lot of potential. I really hope the best for them."

Programs, however, often are judged by wins and losses.

"The Buhrmans did a good job," said Mike Tesla, South's athletic director. "They held everything together and were very loyal. I think, at times, people haven't appreciated everything they've done. When they took over the program, no one else wanted to do it."

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