Kilby Named UMW Head Men's Soccer Coach
It's official, Jason Kilby will take the reins of UMW's Men's Soccer program.
It's official. Fredericksburg Patch previously reported that UMW was close to naming Jason Kilby as its new Men's head soccer coach, and in a press release issued tonight, the university confirmed that decision. Patch was able to reach Coach Kilby via telephone this afternoon and obtained a short interview.
"I'm very excited about the new opportunity and the new challenge," said Kilby about taking the UMW job. "Mary Washington is a fantastic school both academically and athletically.
Although he has spent nearly a decade coaching at NC-Wesleyan, Kilby is no stranger to the Fredericksburg area.
"I grew up right down the road in Culpeper, and played soccer in Fredericksburg," remarked Kilby.
In fact, he owes his new gig partially to family still living in the area.
"Before the [job] posting even went up, my father read the Free-Lance Star article about Roy Gordon's retirement and gave me a call. Then about two weeks later the official opening went up."
As far as the soccer side of things is concerned, Kilby isn't.
"I was an assistant coach at Frostburg State, and from a recruiting standpoint, there's not a tremendous difference. At Wesleyan, we recruited the state of Virginia heavily and often, so it's really not that big an adjustment."
What will be new, says Kilby, are the bureaucratic workings of a different school.
"I'll have to get used to procedures, protocols, how admissions work. You know, all the fun stuff."
Kilby's Eagles will take the field next August.