Sidney names new soccer coach




Staff report

Sidney High School has a new girls soccer coach, it was announced this week.

Kevin Veroneau has been named to replace Stacey Goffena, who stepped down recently after a highly-successful nine-year career to spend more time with her family. She left with a career coaching record at Sidney of 97-48-18, with four league championships and four seasons with 10 or more wins.

Veroneau graduated from the University of Toledo in 1995 with a Bachelors of Education Degree and in 2008 he earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Marygrove College. In 2009 he earned the honor of being accepted into the Master’s Degree in Education program at Ohio State.

He began his coaching soccer in 1992 coaching club teams for the Maumee Soccer Club. In 1996, after successfully earning the USSF National ‘C’ License and the NSCAA National Diploma, Coach Veroneau was invited to join the Ohio Youth Soccer Association-North (OYSAN) Coaching Staff with the Olympic Development Program. In 1998, he earned the USSF National ‘B’ License and the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma along with becoming a coaching instructor for OYSAN and accepting his first head coaching position at his alma mater, Bowsher High School.

In 2000, Veroneau was named head coach at Findlay High School and was named the the girls director of coaching for the Findlay Soccer Club.

He was at Findlay and his teams won four district championships, was runner-up three times, and won nine league titles. He was conference coach of the year three times, and Northwest Ohio coach of the year twice.

In 2010, Veroneau moved to Florida and was head coach at Osceola High School, where he took his team to the regional tournament. Then a year later, he moved to San Antonio, where he was the head coach at Robert E. Lee High School. While in San Antonio, he was on staff with the Classics Elite Soccer Club, coaching the 03’ girls to a record of 67 wins, 8 losses, and 10 ties in two years.

In 2013, Veroneau was invited to join the South Texas Youth Soccer Association (STYSA) Coaching Staff with the Olympic Development Program. In 2014, he became the Kingwood High School girls coach and led the team to its 25th straight district championship.

“Girls soccer is one of our more successful programs,” said Sidney High athletic director Mitch Hoying. “We needed someone who understands school soccer and club soccer. Kevin has been successful at all of his stops in coaching and we think he will take us to the next level.”

Veroneau said he moved back to Ohio to be closer to his parents, who still live in Toledo.

“I’m looking forward to this job and am excited to be working with the students and the community,” he said. “This is a great program and I thinbk a perfect fit for me.”