by Elena Ciulli
Florida Tech women’s soccer coach, Jessica Monarch, resigned and has accepted a position as assistant coach for the women’s soccer program at Charleston University.
Monarch will be joining coaches Jose Gomez and Jackie Stoll at Charleston University.
Before joining the Panther program, Monarch served for two years as a graduate assistant coach at Belhaven University and has since spent the last five years with the Florida Tech program. Monarch first started working as an assistant coach at Florida Tech and then became head coach in 2018.
The highlight of her tenure was in 2017 when Monarch led the women’s team to the team’s first-ever Sunshine State Conference tournament championship.
Soccer players like Hailey Feela, a sophomore majoring in biomedical sciences, are looking forward to seeing what the fall season will bring to the team. “I am extremely excited about the new direction Florida Tech women’s soccer will be taking,” Feela said.
Monarch left the spot to her assistant coach Julia Kantor, a Florida Tech alumni.
Kantor was assistant coach for the women’s soccer team for one year before stepping in as head coach until the position is filled permanently.
Kantor said she is enjoying this experience, taking this moment as a good learning period and working to further cultivate her relationship with the team.
According to the players, coach Kantor is managing the challenges well in the absence of a new head coach.
Hailey Henderson, a sophomore majoring in biomedical sciences, alike to Feela, is also looking forward to the incoming fall semester. “Now, more than ever, our team needs to come together and support each other to get what we want to achieve,” Henderson said. “I am fully confident in coach Kantor’s abilities and it’s time for me and the girls to come out stronger.”
According to Kantor, Florida Tech has begun the search for a new head coach.