BERLIN - Berlin decided to stay in-house to fill its girls soccer head coaching position. Three-year assistant boys varsity coach Alex Joslyn has taken over for former coach Katie Amenta.
Joslyn has some big shoes to fill after Berlin’s highly successful 2017 season, which ended in the championship game of the Class M state tournament.
The Redcoats are hungry for the title this year and it’s up to Joslyn to get them there.
“When I met with the girls for the first time in early June,” Joslyn said, “I could already sense that feeling of desire and motivation to get back to the state final and hopefully win it. We also have other goals in mind, such as winning a conference title and hosting a state playoff game.”
However, Joslyn reminded the girls that they need to have a day by day approach and focus on the task at hand. He has a talented group of players returning as well as a very deep incoming freshmen class.
“I am fully aware of the expectations and shoes left by former coach Katie Amenta,” Joslyn said. “With that being said, I owe this appointment and any future successes I may have to BHS boys head coach Sal Parafati, as he is the one who gave me the start in the coaching profession. I was able to learn so much from him over the past three seasons in terms of team chemistry and always remaining positive.”
Joslyn has worked side by side with Parafati the past three years and Parafati knows firsthand that Joslyn is more than ready to take on the varsity position.
“Alex knows the game very well and he understands that it’s constantly evolving,” Parafati said. “He is a product of Berlin soccer. He understands the culture in Berlin and what it takes to be a high school varsity coach.”
Parafati continued, “He’s smart, meticulously organized and he knows how to read the game, no matter what the scenario may be. I’m sad to lose him as an assistant, but I know he is ready to step up, so I’m also very proud and can’t wait to see him succeed as a varsity coach.”
Coaching changes can be difficult to adapt to, especially to those who are seniors. But the Redcoats have welcomed Joslyn with open arms.
Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Walsh said the team was very surprised and that the change was not expected.
But nonetheless, she thinks Joslyn is a perfect fit.
“I am very happy and excited about the decision to hire coach Joslyn,” Walsh said. “I know he will help us do great things, just like we did last year. Just from talking to him, he has plans for us that seem to fit our team and what we have to offer this upcoming season. I know he will be able to bring us back to the state final because we can take what happened last year and perfect it to make a run just like we did. With his knowledge from coaching the boys, he already has a head start on his plans for how we can take home a championship title.”
Joslyn thinks it’s an advantage that he’s an alum of Berlin High School and that he has been around the soccer program for the last couple years.
“As a Berlin alum, I have always wanted the best for Berlin soccer, as it tends to get overshadowed by other sports,” Joslyn said. “Hopefully this year and for years to come, both Berlin girls and boys soccer can start to become recognized as a powerhouse among the state’s best.”