Jacksonville High School has a brand new head coach for its Fightin' Maiden soccer team who probably isn't a stranger to many long-time Jacksonville fans and supporters.
Season Settle Caughlin, a 1999 graduate of Jacksonville High, has been hired to shepard the school's girls soccer charges.
Caughlin takes over for Kiff Wiemers, who is now head girls soccer coach at Henderson High School.
Caughlin has soccer blood pumping through her veins, having played collegiatly at Stephen F. Austin State University and having coached at the high school level in the Waco and Austin areas for the past 10 years.
“Jacksonville didn't offer girls soccer when I was in high school, so I had to play on the boy's team,” Caughlin said during an interview on Wednesday. “ I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to play at Stephen F. Austin.”
Caughlin said that her family had decided it was the right time to part with the so-called big city living and return to the more relaxed atmosphere offered in Jacksonville and East Texas.
“My mom and dad live in Jacksonville and we've enjoyed coming back and visiting,” Caughlin explained. “We lived in a two-story house on a small lot in Georgetown and now we will be able to live here in a house with lots of land.”
Speaking of Georgetown, a city about 30 minutes north of Austin, Caughlin led Georgetown East View's girls to a 14-6-3 record last season.
Her Patriot team went 8-3-3 in District 50-4A and advanced two rounds deep in the state playoffs.
Looking back over her body of work as a head coach, among other accomplishments, Caughlin revived a Waco team and led it to the state playoffs during her time there and has started a successful soccer program off from scratch at East View.