My Best Friend’s Coach of the Year

This article is about my old roommate and best friend. In her first year as head coach and the Century schools’s first soccer team, she was honored for taking her girls all the way to the championship. I thought you all might like to read:


Vanessa Ozimek, Century

The 24-year-old upstate New York native set an impressive and immediate high standard in leading the first-year varsity program to the Class 2A state title. With a roster dominated by freshmen and sophomores and void of seniors, Ozimek had the talented group playing to its strengths and working as one.

The result was a stellar 15-1 season that was capped by a 2-0 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the state final.

Ozimek, who first realized her desire to coach during her playing days at Penfield High School near Rochester, N.Y., had her players involved and enthused. With every player well aware of her particular role, the team cohesively blended together and worked the potent build-from-the-back attack that worked the wings first before moving on to the middle.

“My main focus was to get the girls to see the field together, so we spent a lot of time talking about what we saw in the game the night before or at practice,” Ozimek said. “It took time having them work together and mesh. By about the fifth or sixth game we found something that really worked and then we found the consistency by the end of the season.”

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