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Norwin alum Metzger expects clean transition as new coach of women soccer staff


Sunday, July 18, 2021 | 3:35 PM

When she begins her new job, Diane Metzger stated she is not going to need to concentrate on fixing one thing that isn’t damaged.

That’s for positive.

The brand new Norwin ladies soccer coach, who’s an alum and former goal-scorer for the Knights, is aware of what sort of program she is about to inherit.

Norwin has elite standing in WPIAL circles. It’s a program that is aware of tips on how to win championships and builds gifted groups from the bottom stage.

“Lauren (Karcher) has executed an awesome job all through her time teaching at Norwin,” stated Metzger, who changed Karcher, the coach of the Knights for seven seasons. “I hope to proceed lots of the issues that she put into place, together with traditions, group outreach and participant improvement. This stuff assist construct staff chemistry, each on and off the sector. Workforce chemistry is important. With out it, a really gifted group of gamers will solely get pleasure from average success.”

Metzger is just not positive how a lot she’s going to alter the staff’s present schemes, however she doesn’t count on the women to be shellshocked by her presence.

“Lauren and I share the same teaching philosophy,” she stated. “I hope for a really clean transition between coaches for the gamers and to proceed the legacy of excellence for Norwin Girl Knights soccer.”

Metzger, a bodily training instructor at Yough, was a member of the 1996 PIAA championship staff at Norwin earlier than graduating in 2000 and taking part in at Grove Metropolis, the place she gained two PAC titles and made the NCAA Match twice.

Don’t ask her what number of targets she had in her highschool profession.

“I don’t know,” she stated. “I’ve by no means targeted a lot on particular person statistics for myself or anybody else on my staff. Each as a participant, and as a coach, I’ve at all times had a really deeply rooted team-first mindset.”

After school, she quickly grew to become occupied with teaching, and never simply soccer. She has coached youth basketball, softball, volleyball and monitor and discipline.

As a soccer coach, she has had stops at a pair of North Carolina excessive colleges — Cary and Fuquay-Varina, each close to Raleigh.

She additionally was an assistant at Chatham, a coach within the Allegheny Pressure Soccer Membership in Monroeville (U16-U19), with the Norwin Soccer Membership Tiny Kickers (U19) and with the Yough Center College staff.

Metzger was scheduled to satisfy with the staff July 7. She might need been extra excited — and nervous — for a brand new season than the gamers.

“As the brand new coach, in fact, I deliver a contemporary set of eyes,” she stated. “This is a chance for women to make an awesome first impression and earn their place on the staff and on the sector.”

The alumni half was magnetic for Metzger when the Norwin job opened, however she additionally appreciated from afar the group inside the program and noticed herself becoming in properly because the staff’s chief.

“I discovered an awesome deal as a participant at Norwin, and having the chance to play and coach elsewhere has helped form me into the coach that I’m as we speak,” she stated. “As a instructor and a coach, I like working with youth. They’ve nice vitality and enthusiasm. Norwin has the distinctive benefit of getting the most effective feeder packages that I’ve ever skilled. That, mixed with nice choices domestically to proceed participant improvement by way of journey, cup and ODP packages has led to an unbelievable expertise pool at Norwin Excessive.

“I’m excited to work with and assist develop younger girls and equip them to face obstacles each on and off the sector that life will throw their manner.”

Invoice Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Overview Employees Author. You possibly can contact Invoice by e mail at or through Twitter .

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