Henry Vu, an assistant under Ken Nuber the past two seasons, has been promoted to Head Coach of the Marian Girls Soccer Program. Vu takes over a very successful program that, during his time as an assistant, had reached the Semi-State in 2019 and earned the #1 ranking in 2A during 2020 regular season.
When asked what he was able to learn from Coach Nuber, Vu said “I was lucky to coach with and learn from an NCAA National Champion. He helped me learn the intricacies of leading a high school team by helping me understand the nuances of the high school rule set to managing the players and Varsity/JV rosters. Coach Nuber was a super resource in helping me with my training plans and really empowered me and trusted me with many aspects of the program. It was great to debate tactics and player management/substitutions with him.”
Athletic Director Steve Ravotto introduced Henry to the girls as their new Head Coach at a meeting yesterday. Asked what that moment was like, Vu responded “It was super exciting to meet the team as the Head Coach. I could see some super wide smiles behind their masks when I was introduced as the team knows me well from the last few years.”
Henry was selected from a group a very qualified individuals, as a thorough process was taken by the Marian Athletic Department to continue the success that the girls have grown accustomed to. What went through his mind when he found out he would be the next coach at Marian?
“It was a really humbling feeling to be able to take over for a great coach in Ken and lead a terrific, talented group of young women. I feel blessed to be at a tremendous place at Marian and feel very grateful to be a part of the Marian family. I have goosebumps just thinking about leading the Marian Girls Soccer Family as I get to coach a special group of young women. I have seen the growth of the program in terms of victories and the number of players involved in our program over the last few years. It’s thrilling to see how much more we can continue to grow our program over the next few years.” said Vu.
The Knights open their regular season next year with a road contest on August 14th against Trinity.
“Our team finally got old.” said Henry when asked his thoughts on next year’s team. “In my past two years, we have had only a total of five seniors at Senior Night. Next year, we have over a dozen seniors returning. I have so much confidence in the leadership of this senior group as they are a humble and hungry group. Our seniors are so battle tested as many of them have played a lot of Varsity soccer since their freshman year. Those seniors are supplemented by some talented underclassmen. We are blessed to have skill, talent, and depth at the 4 levels of soccer (Goalie, Defender, Midfielder and Forward). The best part of next year’s team is how driven and motivated our girls already are. They are chomping at the bit to get going this summer to begin growing as a program. We know if we hit our goal of getting better every day, we can do well in our Conference and more importantly, do well in the State Tournament.”