Applications are still being taken for the vacant Hand girls soccer position, according to school athletic director Craig Semple.
Semple said applications will be taken until the end of February. He hopes to have a new coach in place by mid-March.
“We have high expectations for every one of our programs,” Semple said. “We want it to be a positive experience and along the way we want them to have some success.”
Dave Dikranian resigned in mid-January after six seasons. Dikranian said he is in the process of taking classes to become a teacher and said that, combined with coaching, was too much to handle at this time.
“I thought it would be best to take a year or two off from being a head varsity coach so I could concentrate on school and be able to have quality time with my family,” Dikranian said.
Dikranian finished 72-29-18 in his six seasons. That included winning the 2017 Southern Connecticut Conference tournament championship, another trip to the final in 2016 and three consecutive trips to the Class L state semifinals from 2016-18.
He was named the Register’s Area Coach of the Year and the SCC Coach of the Year in 2016.
“Dave was doing a really good job,” Semple said. “But he has a lot on his plate and he couldn’t make the full commitment.”
Hand isn’t the only girls soccer job that is currently vacant in the SCC. Guilford remains open after former coach Scott McMahon resigned just two days after the team won the SCC tournament championship.
Rick Geremia and Fred Franzoni were named interim co-coaches and led the Indians to the Class L state championship in November.