STAMFORD — An era has ended for Westhill High School athletics.
Westhill girls soccer coach Dave Flower is leaving the Vikings’ program after 13 seasons.
Flower, who is also Director of Soccer at Chelsea Piers, Connecticut in Stamford, is moving on to an exciting new challenge.
Greenwich Country Day School is assuming operations at Stanwich School in Greenwich. One outcome will be a new high school for grades 9-12 which should be ready for operation in September 2019.
Flower will be the inaugural girls soccer coach for the 2019-2020 season.
“To be able to start a program from scratch had great appeal to me,” Flower said. “It was a hard challenge to turn down.”
Flower brought much success during his 13-year tenure at Westhill.
In state tournament play, Westhill edged Glastonbury, 2-1 to capture the 2009 Class LL championship. Westhill lost 1-0 to Shelton in the 2010 Class LL final.
From 2006-18, Westhill only missed qualifying for the state playoffs once (2017).
In the FCIAC, Westhill captured the FCIAC West Division regular season title in 2009, 2011 and 2014.
Westhill also had a group of players have success playing NCAA Division I women’s college soccer.
“Taking part in the state playoffs every year was important. And the standard we reached in the FCIAC was key,” Flower said. “I’m very proud of everything our program achieved over the last 13 years.”
While all the wins and losses are history, the rewarding part of coaching for Flower has been the relationships built with each Viking team.
“Of course, I’ll miss the kids at Westhill the most. They are a different group due to the diversity of the enrollment at Westhill. I came to realize how special the kids were,” Flower said. “I loved the makeup of the kids and the fact they all wanted to work hard at soccer.”
Westhill athletic director Dick Cerone knows the next Westhill girls soccer coach will have big shoes to fill.
“Dave (Flower) is an outstanding coach. He built a great program here at Westhill,” Cerone said. “His teams always played hard. And it was great to see the number of kids who went on to play college soccer. Dave will continue to be successful.”