Making his pitch: Robertson tabbed as Viking soccer coachFormer SDHS student-athlete 'excited' for first varsity head coaching job
Searsport — A “last-minute” change at the helm of the Searsport District High School girls soccer team has the Vikings heading into the regular season with a new coach.
Pending Regional School Unit 20 board approval, Roger “R.J.” Robertson will be the next coach of the Viking squad.
Robertson was approved by both RSU 20 superintendent Brian Carpenter and SDHS athletic director Ruth Fitzpatrick Aug. 29 and coached the Vikings in a preseason scrimmage against Belfast that day.
Robertson, 30, is a 2001 Searsport District High School graduate and played soccer and basketball for the Vikings four years. He also participating in track and field one season. Additionally, he graduated from the New England School of Communication in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in science and a concentration in communication.
“I'm excited for my first varsity job,” said Robertson. “It's a good group of girls. The reason I took the job is I think they're ready to win now and they're really excited about getting the season started."
Robertson has been the assistant coach in several different sports over the years, including baseball, boys soccer and boys basketball. He also was the jayvee boys soccer coach during the 2006-07 season.
“R.J. has volunteered in our school system for our sports forever,” said Fitzpatrick. “If there's one thing I can say about R.J. Is that he bleeds blue. He's so loyal to Searsport District High School. He's made that pretty obvious in how he cares about the kids and the time he's dedicated to them.”
Robertson replaces Holly Cox, who guided the Vikings the past two years.
Cox was “not issued a contract,” said Fitzpatrick, who added, “it was a last-minute decision” made on the first day of fall tryouts.
All high school coaching positions are one-year contracts.
Robertson, who was going into the fall season as the assistant soccer coach for the Viking boys, said “It all happened pretty quick.”
“They were without a coach to start the year so we did co-practices both boys and girls,” he said. “[Searsport varsity boys coach] John [Frye] was running both of them and I was just keeping an eye on the girls making sure they were doing the right things.”
“And a week later I was the coach.”
Robertson played halfback during his years as a Searsport soccer player, though he saw lots of time “at left bench” studying the game.
Searsport has a preseason scrimmage against Sumner of East Sullivan on Thursday, Sept. 5 and begins the regular season on Friday, Sept. 6 at Bucksport.
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