January 22,2019

Badin seeks new girls’ soccer coach as Berkely steps down after six seasons

Badin High School is looking for a new head coach for its girls’ soccer program, and if the next hire is anything like the previous hire, it will be a home run.

Todd Berkely met with his team Friday afternoon and announced that he would be stepping aside after six outstanding seasons guiding the Badin girls’ soccer program. Those six seasons included two state championships, five district titles, a league title, and numerous players moving on to the college soccer ranks.

“That was an extremely difficult meeting to have, because high school sports is all about the kids,” Berkely said. “But I know the girls’ soccer program will be in good hands moving forward because the Badin administration does a great job making sure they bring in the right people.”

“Todd Berkely’s record speaks for itself,” Badin Athletic Director Geoff Melzer said. “His teams performed at a high level and were great representatives of Badin High School. They added to the outstanding legacy that the Badin girls’ soccer program has carved out over the last 25 years. Todd certainly was a difference-maker in the coaching ranks at Badin.”

Badin will post the girls’ soccer job this week. Interested candidates should check the requirements and application opportunities on the Badin web site at BadinHS.org or the OHSAA web site.

Berkely, married with three children, will have two daughters playing college soccer in 2019, and conceded that family commitments had to take precedence.

“I absolutely loved every aspect of coaching,” said Berkely, an assistant girls’ soccer coach at Fairfield High for three seasons before coming to Badin. “But family is a delicate balance. It’s hard enough to give 100 percent of your attention to coaching when you’ve got one daughter playing in college, let alone two.”

Over Berkely’s six seasons at the helm, Badin went 81-27-13 overall, 25-4 in the post-season.

The Rams won the 2013 Division III state championship during Berkely’s first season, rallying from a 2-0 halftime deficit to defeat Gates Mills Hawken 3-2 in a penalty kick shootout; then repeated in 2014, 2-0 over Ottawa-Glandorf while finishing the year 20-1-1. Their only loss that season was to McNicholas, which won the Division II state crown.

“The key to success is having faith in the kids and them having faith in you and faith in themselves,” Berkely said. “That’s something you can’t measure.”

Berkely recalled that during one of his very first team meetings during the summer of 2013, the players talked about winning a state championship.

“Once we got started, there was no plan, it was just a common purpose,” he said. “Everybody involved made that season happen. Everybody pushed everybody.”

He called the 2-1 overtime triumph over Fenwick in the 2013 state semifinals “a moment we had been preparing for all season. That win really propelled us going forward. That was one of the most uplifting experiences I’ve ever been a part of.”

That 2013 success “carried over into 2014. That season was absolutely special – about as special as special can be. We had a deep talent pool and everybody kept it together. We knew we would get every opponent’s best game. We didn’t take anybody lightly and delivered the best season in Badin girls’ soccer history.”

The Rams followed up those titles with a return trip to the Elite 8 in 2015, then earned two more district championships and Sweet 16 appearances in 2016 and 2017. While BHS was ousted in the second round of the Division II tournament in 2018, those Rams captured their first Greater Catholic League crown in a dozen years with a 4-0-2 league mark.

“The thing about Badin girls’ soccer is that anything’s possible,” Berkely said. “The girls understand that. There’s not one goal that’s not realistic, not one goal that’s not possible, as soon as you walk in the door.

“It’s all about the tradition,” Berkely added. “The girls have been able to take that and carry it forward. Right now, there’s a solid foundation in place for the future. It’s been a pleasure to be a part of it.”

Berkely’s older daughter, Malia, is a 2016 Badin High graduate who was a two-time Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year. A red-shirt sophomore defender at Florida State University, she just helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Division I national championship. Malia was named to the all-tournament team and became just the third Badin High graduate to play for a D-I national title team.

Berkely’s younger daughter, Lexi, will graduate from Badin in 2019 and has recently committed to play women’s college soccer at Indiana University East in Richmond.

Other recent Badin grads who have been college soccer commits under Berkely include Gabby Geigle ‘16, University of Akron; Macy Harper ’19, Xavier University; Michelle Hessling ’14, Mount St. Joseph University; Madi Kah ’15, Ohio University; Marissa Kah ’19, Thomas More University; Abby Lampe ’17, Ashland University; Morgan Langhammer ’15, University of Evansville; Jamie Lehker ’19, Northern Kentucky University; Annika Pater ’15, Eastern Kentucky University; Maddie Smith ‘17, DePauw University; and Nicole Visse ’17, Indiana University East.

Badin is looking for just its fifth girls’ soccer coach this century following Katy Brennan (two seasons), Keith Harring (eight seasons, including the 2005 Division II state title), Steve Tabar (three seasons) and Todd Berkely (six seasons).

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org

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