Statesmen Soccer has a long and proud history. The program was founded in 1967 with Tom Holmes as the original coach. Coach Holmes served as head coach for 35 years and is a legendary figure among Statesmen players and supporters. When his 35-year tenure came to an end, he was succeeded by current coach Tim Cashel. Cashel's reign has produced some notable achievements, including the 2014 Missouri Class 3 State Championship, numerous 20-win seasons and Suburban South Conference championships. In the last decade the program has also produced some of the area's most talented players; among those outstanding players are Tim Velten (2002, University of Louisville), Pat Disbennett (2004, St. Louis University), Josh Kohring (2011, St. Louis University), and Tomas Gomez (2011, Georgetown University). Current C Team coach Brad Jordan was also a Statesmen standout (1994, Missouri State). Jordan and Velten played professionally after their award-winning college careers ended, and Gomez is currently playing professionally with the MLS's San Jose Earthquakes.

While the resumes of the program's alumni are certainly impressive, the current pool of players in the WGHS program is arguably the best in the program's history. Not only has this senior class already won a Missouri Class 3 State Championship, but their top-level talent has warranted impressive team rankings on the regional, state, and national level as well. In addition to the team's success, the 2016 senior class boasts four returning players who made the Missouri Class 3 All-State team last season (forward Sheridan Smith and defender John Conley were 1st team members, midfielder Cam Oliver was a 2nd team selection, and midfielder Mick Hanrahan was selected as a 3rd team member). Smith, headed to Missouri State University next fall was also honored as the Missouri Class 3 Player of the Year. At the helm once again will be Coach Tim Cashel, who was named the 2014 Missouri Class 3 Coach of the Year, Coach Tim Velten and new to the program, Coach Bill Daues. With all the returning talent in place, expectations are obviously high for the 2015 fall campaign. We look forward to seeing you out on Selma Field for what should be an exciting season!

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