Kelly Halliday is new OCHS girls soccer coach

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Kelly Halliday, who coached the freshmen girls soccer team at Ocean City High School the last two years, is the new OCHS head coach. Halliday succeeds Bill Pesda, who stepped down after seven seasons.

Pesda’s teams won 58 games and two American Conference championships.

“It was great working with Bill,” said Halliday. “He and I seem to have very similar approaches to soccer and I learned a lot from him.”

Halliday played at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Bucks County PA and then went on to play at Lafayette for four years. She worked as an electrical engineer for a few years before deciding to teach engineering.

“I really wanted to coach,” she said. “I coached a youth team for a while but this is what I really wanted. I’m surprised and pleased that it happened so quickly.”

Junior Ashley Edgell, who shared scoring honors for the Raiders last season, will return. But junior Karissa Bourbeau suffered a knee injury in December and has undergone a second surgery. “It does not look like Karissa will be available to us this season,” Halliday said.

But she also will have seniors Corinne Materazzi, Erica Johns, Danielle Baruffi and Erica Catanoso back. Other underclassmen from last year include junior goalkeeper Arianna Segich, plus juniors Devon Terwilliger, Shannon Tarves, Kristi Rohrer and Jackie Ker. Sophomores include Allie Zelinsky, Veronica Garcia and Olivia Briggs.

“We’ve got 8-9 players with valuable varsity experience,” Halliday said, “but our goal right now is to find our 11. I met with the girls and we’re all anxious to get started in August.”

Halliday was on maternity leave until early June. She will get some major assistance from her junior varsity coach, Lisa Cuneo, who served as the head girls soccer coach at Hammonton and was the South Jersey Coach of the Year last season. “Lisa is great,” said Halliday. “I’m counting on her for a lot of help.”

Two other changes in the Cape-Atlantic League have been announced – Amir Seliman succeeds Chris Kingston as boys soccer coach at St. Joseph and Denise Murray resigned as Lower Cape May’s field hockey coach.

There are certain to be more changes, including transfers by student-athletes, as the summer progresses.

CAL Changes

Position                2012-13       2013-14

Bridgeton boys basketball         Osco Williams      Kevin Nash

Hammonton girls soccer       Lisa Cuneo        undetermined

Holy Spirit AD               Keith Gorman       undetermined

Lower Cape May field hockey       Denise Murray      undetermined

Lower Cape May football      Mike Wilson        Bill Miller

Ocean City athletic trainer       Drew Breckenridge Rothman Institute

Ocean City girls soccer           Bill Pesda        Kelly Halliday

Pleasantville AD             Derrick Carrington Patrick Magee

St. Joseph boys soccer            Chris Kingston     Amir Seliman

Vineland football            Josh Hedgeman      Dan Russo

Wildwood Catholic girls basketball    Vicki Dillmore     Steve DiPatri     

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