Louisa boys and girls soccer losing varsity coaches

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 9:00 am

Boys soccer head coach Joel Abe, who had coached the team for nine years, has stepped down to focus fully on the school’s girls volleyball team, which he also coaches.

Boys soccer head coach Joel Abe, who had coached the team for nine years, has stepped down to focus fully on the school’s girls volleyball team, which he also coaches.

Louisa County High School’s sports program has some holes to fill following the resignation of both the school’s boys varsity soccer coach, Joel Abe, and girls varsity soccer coach Kristi Barsby.

Barsby had been at the helm of the girls varsity team for three seasons, compiling a record of 8-31. She served as the junior varsity coach in 2010 and 2011. Citing “personal reasons” as the motivation in her decision to leave, Barsby accepted a teaching job at New Kent High School in April.

Barsby said the choice to leave wasn’t easy, and harder still was breaking the news to players she has known and helped develop for the past five years.

“They were the last ones I told,” Barbsy said. “I put off telling them for as long as possible because I knew it was going to be hard not only on me, but on them.”

Barbsy stated she will not be coaching soccer at her new teaching position.

For the boys team, Abe had been a mainstay on the sidelines, manning the helm for the past nine years. Louisa’s boys team struggled to a combined 5-38-2 in the past three seasons, which Abe partially blamed on his overly cramped schedule. Apart from teaching special education at LCHS, Abe also serves as the school’s volleyball head coach, a position he will continue to hold.

“I felt coaching soccer … being the head coach of volleyball and still trying to be effective in the classroom, I might not be able to be fully engaged,” Abe said. “I think soccer required the most time to get the players where they needed to be, so I’ve decided to invest time in some other things and allow someone else an opportunity to develop the program further.”

To read the entire story, see the June 5 edition of The Central Virginian.

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