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Perreault takes helm of Falcon girls' soccer
RUMFORD -- Following years of patrolling the sidelines, Jason Perreault has paid his dues, so when the opportunity presented itself he felt justified in stepping up the coaching ladder.
Perreault has taken over as varsity coach for the Mountain Valley girls' soccer team. Interestingly, he had firsthand knowledge of what the responsibilities entailed when he had served as interim head coach two years ago.
“I learned that the girls were more likely to trust my judgment and knowledge of the game if I taught it on a more individual level,” said Perreault, who stepped in for coach Kris Tyler, who had a baby. “I was able to connect with the players. They gave me the most respect when we started winning because of strategic moves that we were making on the field.”
The Falcons had a school record seven ties over that stretch.
Perreault has played soccer in one form or another since age five in Massachusetts. However, he was always a cerebral player because of possessing very little speed. An older brother excelled as a soccer player all the way up through college.
Perreault spent countless weekends following his brother's teams; assisted by running the sidelines as a flagger and a ball person.
"Having no speed may have led to my being interested in coaching from a young age,” said Perreault. “Over the last couple of years, I’ve learned how to better manage my sideline demeanor from Kris. The calmer sideline demeanor is important because I learned that girls are not generally motivated by aggression."
When he turned 13 (different laws back then), he taught skiing to kids at SkiWard in Shrewsbury, MA. He realized his skills as a good teacher and initially coached a U12 girls team in W. Boylston, MA.
Perreault moved to Maine and started working at Sunday River, meeting Shanna Westleigh, who played for MV, who informed him of an opening for the JV coaching position, under Rich Todd. Last year, Perreault graduated a first class all four years.
Perreault is very pleased with the new coaching trio, which includes Lynn Gould (JV coach), who was coached the middle school and has insights on the young players. Pete Koch (assistant coach) brings a soccer background, knowledge about fitness, training and overall health.
The trio has introduced new approaches -- physically and mentally -- in an attempt to gain maximum efforts from the players. “We have not only started teaching the girls about soccer,” said Perreault. “But also we have been focusing on healthy living and choosing the right food before games and practice to give the body the fuel it needs and have also implemented a new workout regiment.”