Micros to coach Brookfield girls soccer team
Last week Micros, who a year ago led the Immaculate High girls soccer team to the Class S state championship, accepted an offer to become the head girls soccer coach at Brookfield High.
"It was a two-part decision for me," Micros said. "I was offered a chance to teach at New Milford, and that worked out for me much better financially. Once I accepted New Milford's offer, the other stuff became easy. Traveling to and from Immaculate would've been too much of a commute to me, and I felt as if I left Immaculate, I would be leaving them with a strong program."
Nelson Mingachos will replace Micros as the Mustangs' head coach. Mingachos is the brother of Joe Mingachos, who heads the women's soccer program at Western Connecticut State University.
It will be the first head coaching job for Nelson Mingachos, who has spent the last few seasons as Micros' top assistant coach.
"Nelson is a great guy, he's an excellent coach and he will do fine at Immaculate," Micros said.
The move comes as somewhat of a surprise because Micros had the chance to make a change earlier in the summer but didn't. He spent the last four years serving as Immaculate's athletic director, but resigned from the position at the beginning of the summer due to time constraints. There was thought to be a chance Micros wouldn't return to Immaculate in any capacity, but Immaculate offered him a part-time teaching position. Micros accepted.
New Milford's offer, according to Micros, was just too good to pass up. He will be teaching journalism and video production, two subjects Micros said he wanted to teach all along.
"Communications was my major in graduate school," Micros said. "So it was tough to turn it down."
What Micros leaves behind is a team poised to win a second consecutive state championship. Mingachos has been with the team, so the system won't be dramatically different. With the Brookfield side, Micros has talent, but a lot of inexperience. Brookfield has been a traditional South-West Conference power, but last season, the Bobcats failed to make the SWC playoffs.
Brookfield's best offensive player this season is expected to be Joanna Hutteman, a transfer from Immaculate. It can be argued that Immaculate may not have won a championship last season without the play of Hutteman, who's just a sophomore. She was buried on the depth chart early in the season, but injuries to star forwards Cassie Barbaresi and Nicole Baker forced Hutteman into action. She responded with several clutch goals in the state tournament.
"I'm excited about the possibilities," Micros said. "We have a lot of young talent at Brookfield. There's a good feeder program here, and I think we can win in the future.
"I also like the idea of building a program. We did it at Immaculate. I hope we can build a solid program at Brookfield."