Fort Zumwalt East athletic director Tim Grimes found out at the end of the 2016-17 school year that current girls soccer coach Brad Fischer was moving on from the program. Luckily for Grimes, he didn’t have to conduct an exhaustive search to find Fischer’s successor.
Kristin Piercy, who has been Fischer’s assistant coach and JV coach the past seven seasons, has been tabbed to take over the program.
“Kristin has been with our program for the last nine years and seven years as our JV coach,” Grimes said. “The last two years she has been an assistant with our varsity, so certainly the familiarity she has with the girls we have coming back at all levels next year is a big plus to have … in stepping up and filling that head coaching role.”
“I’ve been part of the program since 2008 and the girls are wonderful, I have a great relationship with them,” Piercy said. “I love the game and I love coaching, so I’m just excited to use my knowledge to help them become better players.”
Going forward, Piercy said she will look to continue to try and build on the team’s success – 25-21-2 over the last two seasons, including a district championship. “We won our first district title two years ago and didn’t get there this year but I’m hoping we can get it back and then keep the momentum going from there,” Piercy said.
One key element for the Lions is the team’s No. 1 goalie, senior Isabella Henderson, who recorded eight shutouts and had a gaudy .94 goals against average last season.
“We have four seniors coming in so I kind of feel like, in a way, we have a young group but a good solid core group,” Piercy said. “I think keeping that momentum going with those girls is going to be very important.”
Piercy graduated from Incarnate Word in 1998 [state championship soccer team in 1996] and played a year of college soccer at the University of Arizona before coaching at Hazelwood East, Fort Zumwalt West and Zumwalt East.