DALLAS — Dallas High hopes a new face can lead to more success for the Dallas girls soccer team.
Kirk Myrold has been hired to take over the Dragons, Dallas Athletic Director Tim Larson said.
Myrold may be new to the Dallas family coming from Corvallis High, but he’s looking to hit the ground running.
He’s already gotten a head start on winning over his new players.
“This is my first year teaching at Dallas High School, and I got to know some of the girls on the team,” Myrold said. “I found out through the athletics department that the girls coach was open. I thought with the relationships I had made in those classes that this would be fun to do. I’ve been around (the sport of) soccer all my life and I thought this could be a good opportunity to expand my horizons and help the girls who are coming back.”
The Dragons finished 5-9 overall and 2-5 in Mid-Willamette Conference (MWC) play during the 2014 season, finishing in sixth place. They fell to North Eugene 3-0 in the play-in round. But Myrold is hoping brighter days are ahead.
“I need to get to know the girls on the soccer field,” Myrold said. “I’ve known some of them in the classroom. Now I need to get to know their personalities, see them on the field and how they work together. This summer and preseason I need to see how they mesh and move forward together as a soccer family. I look forward to the bumps and bruises along the way.”
Dallas will see an experienced roster return, including two seniors and seven juniors.
With that experience, Myrold isn’t looking to shake things up too greatly, but rather refine what is already there.
“I know there’s a good group of juniors who are coming back and have played together for a while,” Myrold said. “I need to figure out their strengths and what I can bring to add to what they already have. Last fall, they did well and I want to see if we can go further with that. I’m not looking to change anything.”
The MWC figures to be a difficult conference to compete in, with Corvallis and Silverton going a combined 12-0-1 in league play last season.
But, Myrold isn’t worried about who the Dragons need to catch just yet. He’s more worried about ensuring his new team is playing to the best of their abilities.
“We just need to work hard every day and determine that we are going to give it our best every day,” Myrold said. “Regardless of what sport it is, there is always a team better than you. But on any given team, you need to trust in the system put in place. We like to win games, but playing well and as a team is more important than who is above you in the standings. You can only control what we have on the field.”