Shake up in the Roswell High School girls’ soccer coaching staff

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Dr. Shaw’s announcement to the girls varsity families regarding changes in coaching staff. Photo Credit: Dr. Shaw

Ansley Tanner, Director of Human Resources

On Monday, October 18, Girls Varsity Soccer coach Dardan Latifi resigned from his position. This news was unexpected to everyone, including Principal Dr. Shaw, Athletic Director Ben Sutter, the players, and most importantly, Coaches Sara Allegood and Alex Santiago. All of these personnel were present in the media center for an impromptu debriefing meeting.  

Many of the players entering the meeting were concerned for the team’s success in the coming 2022 season. Last season was a great accomplishment with the girls advancing in the playoffs all the way to the Final Four, losing to the State Champions, West Forsyth. All region player of the year 2021, Senior Adleigh Wheeler expressed her concerns about the upcoming season and who will be the head coach in next season.  

However, upon arrival to the media center, the girls were relieved to her their season will proceed with a familiar face, Coach Alex Santiago as the interim head coach. Interim meaning she will be the head coach as searching for an outside coach may occur after this season. This is change from being Assistant Coach to Head Coach makes Coach Santiago a very important figure in fulfilling the great expectations placed last year. She also just began her teaching position at Roswell High School this year as a co-teacher in the special education department. Last year, she taught elementary schoolers at Roswell North Elementary School. She said, “I’m very excited for this upcoming season. Coach Allegood and I expect another run for state with the talent we have returning this year.”  

Previous coach Dardan Latifi’s main reason for resigning from his head coach position was his new job as the Assistant Girls Director of Coaching at AFC Lightning. This club soccer program is based out of Peachtree City, about an hour away from Roswell High School. This drive would be extremely taxing and difficult to do everyday. The team holds practices everyday at 4, and 1-2 games per week at either 5:55 or 7:30. Due to the fact that he would be missing many activities, Coach Dardan said “It was such a hard decision to make,” and “With the new job it became too much to juggle both.” This decision was made with much thought and the Roswell girls wish him the best of luck with his new job at Lightning.  

With Coach Allegood remaining the Girls JV Head Coach and becoming the Varsity Assistant Coach, and Coach Santiago becoming the interim Varsity Head Coach, the coming season continues to have high aspirations and there is no doubt the Lady Hornets will have a successful season. To read about last year’s season following the COVID pandemic, click here.