Bauer set to coach both soccer teams

Darren Bauer will coach the boys and girls soccer teams this upcoming season. (FILE PHOTO)

Darren Bauer will coach the boys and girls soccer teams this upcoming season. (FILE PHOTO)

In Liberty Hill’s first season of varsity soccer, Darren Bauer led the boys team to the Class 4A championship game.

Now entering year two, Bauer will be aiming for both the boys and girls state tournaments in Georgetown. It was first reported and then later confirmed this week by The Independent that Bauer will be taking over the girls program.

Kelsey Quinn had coached the girls program this past season, and reached the regional quarterfinals, but took a new job this summer at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock.

And with his resumé already boasting a trip to the state tournament, Bauer was an obvious choice for Liberty Hill athletic director Jerry Vance.

“It is a great opportunity that Vance and the school have provided for me,” Bauer said. “I came to Liberty Hill to create a soccer program with great tradition that would be feared across the state. That includes both the boys and girls, not just one or the other.”

Lofty goals, but Bauer has a plan to build on each team’s success from last season. “I believe both programs have very good players returning from last year’s teams and there are a couple new additions I am looking forward to on both sides,” he said.

“I believe we will have the opportunity to go further on the girls’ side and get back to the title game for the boys. It will once again be hard work, but I believe the players are ready and willing to put in the work needed to accomplish those goals.”

While the players will be working hard, Bauer will have to show of his mastery of time management with two varsity teams, and a class schedule that includes statistics and Algebra 2.

One week the boys team will practice in the morning, with the girls team practicing in the afternoon. It will then alternate on a weekly basis, giving each team equal time and attention.

As far as games go, Bauer isn’t expected to be spread too thin.

The boys and girls teams play district games at the same site, while the pre-district schedule has been configured to make life easier for the coach.

He will also have two new assistant coaches. Wayne Munger will help coach both teams, while David Griffin will help coach the boys. Bauer said the district will also hire an assistant dedicated to working with the girls.

If there is a conflict, Bauer said he will rotate which game he attends, and it is a model that’s worked for other Class 4A coaches.

At Salado and Boerne, district foes, the boys and girls share a head coach, and Bauer said it doesn’t impact their success. He doesn’t anticipate it being an issue for Liberty Hill either.