High school fall sports

Von Oesen kicks in as new Mount View boys soccer coach

Long associated with Unity College, Von Oesen also coaches Mustang boys basketball
By Mark Haskell | Aug 08, 2019
Jeremy Von Oesen

Thorndike — When one door closes, another tends to open — or sometimes the other way around — which is the case in Waldo County of late as the coaching carousel in the Thorndike/Unity area certainly has spun.

Jeremy Von Oesen, 42, of Unity has been named the new boys varsity soccer coach at Mount View High School. Von Oesen replaces Dale Hustus, who guided the Mustangs the better part of three seasons.

Von Oesen, who previously was the men’s and women’s soccer coach at Unity College, resigned the women’s post, but will continue to coach the men’s team.

He coached the Ram women’s team two decades and is about to enter his ninth season coaching the men’s team.

Von Oesen, who also will enter into his second season guiding the Mount View boys basketball team in the winter, said he is excited for his new challenge leading the high school’s boys soccer program.

“They’ve had a lot of good years in a row now and the program is pretty strong and the youth program is strong,” he said. “And it’s showing. They graduated nine kids last year and seven starters and already through summer soccer, which luckily I’ve been involved in, we’ve seen a lot of good things.”

Over the past two seasons, the Mustangs have lost only one regular-season contest.

Von Oesen said his summer soccer team participated in a 7-on-7 tournament at Mount Abram High School in Strong and his team went 6-0 and won the tournament.

He said, despite losing so many starters, the team is “in solid shape.”

“I hate having the two weeks off actually,” he said of the two-week hands-off period, which began Sunday, Aug. 4 and will end Monday, Aug. 19. ““The kids are showing that they’re ready to go and we’ve got some good, key returning players.”

He said he expects little overlap between the two fall coaching gigs as Unity College practices primarily in the mornings and Mount View in the afternoons.

According to Von Oesen, Unity College is aware that should any unforeseen scheduling conflicts arise — such as games being postponed and rescheduled due to rain, which is a common occurrence — that “the high school team comes first.”

Mount View High School and Unity College are 5.6 miles apart.

While the Mustang soccer programs have dropped to Class C in the Heal Points, Mount View will continue to play a predominately Class B schedule.

Which Von Oesen feels will only help the team’s chances come playoff time, should they make the Class C North tournament.

“We’re a year older, a year wiser and we’ve had a lot of kids that have put a lot of work in this summer and we’ve had a lot of kids show up,” he said. “And all of them are excited for their opportunity and their turn.”

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