As the Searsport District High School girls varsity soccer team continues to prepare for the upcoming season, the student-athletes will need to adjust to a new coach for the second time in two years.

And for the second time in that time frame, the Vikings will be led by one of their own.

Holly Cox, 27, is the new coach of the Vikings, replacing Seth Brown, who guided the team one season. Brown is a 1993 graduate of SDHS, while Cox graduated from the school in 2002.

“I am very thrilled,” Cox said. “I’ve loved sports my entire life and to be able to come back and coach at a school that I graduated from is just a great feeling.”

Cox also is the school’s girls junior varsity basketball coach, a role she will reprise again this year.

Cox also attends Husson University in Bangor as a part-time student, pursuing a degree in elementary education. She played soccer and basketball for the Vikings.

While most potential coaching candidates apply for a particular job, quite the contrary was the case for Cox, who now has her first official varsity coaching position.

“[School officials] actually came to me and asked me if I was interested in coaching soccer,” she said. “There was no hesitation. I said absolutely.”

“I’ve always lived for sports and I absolutely love it. Other than being a mom, coaching is the best thing in the world.”

The Vikings, much like last season, likely will experience growing pains, featuring a roster that has many underclassmen. However, Cox is unfazed, adding she and the student-athletes will go “one day at a time.”

“We have a very young team, so it’s all about building,” she said. “I’m all about trying to make things better in the long run. The best teams come from teams that have a good foundation. Short-term goals are just to be better at the start of the season then we are now, and go from there.”

Cox has two sons, Grayson and Jacoby, and lives in Frankfort.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.