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CIF champ surprises Saugus

Saugus girls soccer head coach Lisa Rollo resigns after leading Cents to Division II crown

Posted: May 26, 2009 10:22 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2009 4:59 a.m.
CIF championship soccer coach Lisa Rollo surprised Saugus High Tuesday by resigning less than three months after leading her team to a title.

Rollo is relocating to the San Diego area to be closer to family.

The 28-year-old said she will pursue a teaching and coaching job there.

“It’s one of those things where if I don’t go now, I’ll never go,” Rollo said. “When I was trying to weigh my options, my soccer team was only thing keeping me in the Santa Clarita Valley.”

Rollo had been Saugus’ varsity head coach for the past six seasons.

Despite finishing in third place in the Foothill League, Saugus won the CIF-Southern Section Division II championship by defeating Harvard-Westlake 2-1 on March 7.

“We were shocked but happy for her,” said Saugus athletic director Kevin Miner of Rollo’s resignation.

Rollo said she was asked to be consulted on finding a successor.

She called an emergency meeting Tuesday with her players to give them the news.

The team also received its championship rings at the meeting.

“I wasn’t prepared,” Rollo said. “I didn’t come to school thinking I was going to tell my players.”

Saugus will be expected to compete for a league title in 2010, despite losing Division II Offensive Player of the Year Erin Ortega and All-Division II first-teamer Shannon Suarez and second-teamer Heather Pilch to graduation.

Division II Defensive Player of the Year Jamie Molacek and Division II second-teamer Shasta Fisher will be seniors next year.

“I told them today I expect nothing but a repeat,” Rollo said.

Rollo was also selected as Division II Coach of the Year for the 2008-09 season.


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