Barclay hired as Rutherford girls soccer coach

Published 07/27 2016 09:44PM

Updated 07/27 2016 09:44PM

The Rutherford Rams have a new coach to lead their girls soccer team.

Samantha Barclay is getting a promotion, as she's now in charge of leading the Lady Rams to the top of the district.

She's been an assistant coach on the varsity team and head coach on the JV team for the last three seasons, and says the players were thrilled when she called to tell them the good news.

Before coming to Panama City, Barclay played collegiate soccer at Huntington University in Indiana before graduating in 2013 with a degree in Recreation and Sports Ministry.

She is replacing former coach Matt Gerlach, who had coached the Lady Rams since 2012 but left to coach Hesston College in Kansas.

The Lady Rams are a team trending upward; they won eight games last season, which is the most in recent memory and a five win improvement from the year before.

Barclay says the opportunity to coach these girls is something she couldn't turn down.

“I've known these girls their whole high school career because of the time I've been here, and to just keep working with them I'm really excited,” Barclay says, “A little nervous, but also I know I've got a great support system behind me with the booster club and the athletic department here at Rutherford, so I'm very excited."

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