Head soccer coach Casey Wilson has added both a player and a coach to the team for the 2014 season. Katie Lane, a high school senior midfielder from Abilene Cooper, has signed her letter of intent to play for ACU in the fall. Sheena Scott, coach at Dana Hills (California), comes to Abilene after turning Danna Hills into one of the premiere teams in the nation.
“We’re very excited about having Katie on our team as we feel that she’s a talented athlete with the ability to play multiple positions,” said Wilson. “She has been flying below the radar here in Abilene and should open some eyes with her potential. Sheena’s playing and coaching background is very impressive, and her potential recruiting network in her native southern California will be an added bonus. We’re very glad she’s here.”
Lane was the Cougars’ team captain for her junior and senior years. She played four years on their varsity team and was named second team all-district in 2013 and received first team all-district honors in 2014. In each of her past two years, she was named offensive MVP.
Lane also excels in the classroom, being a member of Cooper’s National Honor Society and graduating in the top one percent of her class.
Scott will bring experience and a new pool of recruiting talent to ACU. She helped transform the Dana Hills soccer program into elite status. From her time there in 2008 to 2013, Scott took the three-win varsity team into the nation’s fourth-ranked program in 2012.
The Dolphins finished the 2012 season with a 16-1-1 record and a second of three league titles. Last year, Dana Hills followed up with a 17-2-4 campaign and advanced to the second round of the CIF-SS Division I Championships, where they lost to Rancho Cucamonga in penalty kicks.
“Sheena’s had an immediate impact within our program as she gives us a fresh set of eyes to provide valuable feedback on our players and system,” Wilson said.
Scott will oversee recruiting as well as coaching at practices and games. She will join second-year assistant Stephen Salas and third-year volunteer coach Lucas Gibbs.