Trinity High School Athletics Director Tony SanFilippo has announced that long-time girls soccer coach Cal Jefferson has decided to step down as head soccer coach after 13 years. Coach Cal, as he was affectionately called, was hired to re-start the dormant Girls Soccer Program at Trinity for the 2007 season. In its inaugural season, the team basically played a JV schedule, and the following year, the program’s first as a true varsity competitor, the team went 11-3-3. Then in 2009, the Girls Soccer Team won its first-ever playoff match against a high-ranked Elyria Catholic team.
Since then, Trinity Girls Soccer has won two conference championships, a regional championship and went to a district final, which it lost to the eventual state champion, in 2014. The following season, the team recorded its best record ever at 13-4-1.
“It was my goal when I came in to make Trinity Girls Soccer a competitive program. Thanks to all of the student-athletes, my assistant coaches along the way — including Heather Stayanchi, Karen Stanley, who was with me for 9 seasons, and Mindy Garey — the parents, the school and, of course, my wife, Ann, I think we were all able to accomplish that.”
Coach Cal is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, who came to Ohio in 1988 to attend The Ohio State University, where he met his wife. He and Ann have four children, three that attended Trinity.
“The soccer families and the school were great sources of support for me and my family. They even sent care packages to Ann while she was deployed in Afghanistan. It was all a great help and great comfort. Trinity is a very special place. I was beyond fortunate to be a part of this wonderful institution, not only as a soccer coach but also as a parent for eight years. We will always be grateful to the school for the quality education, professional internships and spiritual guidance it provided our three oldest children, Scarlett (’14), Luke (’16) and Colette (’18).”
Coach Cal leaves with a 102-89-16 record over 12 seasons and truly believes the program can continue to thrive and grow under a new head coach. “It has great potential and a promising future, just like THS itself.” I hate to leave them both, but sometimes life gets in the way.”