Mary-Frances Monroe named head coach of women’s soccer at Hingham High

HINGHAM – It worked so well the first time, why not try again?

For the second time in three years, Hingham High has convinced a former professional soccer player and Division I college head coach to come and take over Hingham’s women’s soccer program.

Mary-Frances Monroe is the new head coach of the Harborwomen, taking over from his wife, Sarah Dacey, who left earlier this year to take over as head coach of the women’s lacrosse and soccer teams at Curry College.

“I’m excited to start. I can’t wait for the season to start,” Monroe said. “Coaching is coaching, whether it’s at the high school or college level, and I’m excited to be coaching again.”

The West Islip, NY native brings extensive playing and coaching experience to the table. She was a four-time All-American midfielder at the University of Connecticut and then at UCLA. She was the Big East Rookie of the Year at UConn, scoring 117 points in her three seasons with the Huskies. Monroe transferred to UCLA for her senior season, tallying 12 goals and four assists.

Monroe turned pro after her college career and played for a time with the Boston Breakers as well as the United States Women’s National Team program.

After her playing days ended, Monroe turned to coaching, leading the NCAA Div. I program at the University of Albany as well as the University of Miami. She is currently commissioner of the Development Player League, a national platform for female footballers U13 to U19.

Although Monroe is new to the HHS job, she’s not new to the girls on the team. She spent a lot of time helping out the last two seasons when Dacey was the team’s head coach.

“I think it helps take away any learning curve from this change. The girls already know me as a coach and I got a chance to get to know most of them and see what their skills are on the soccer field,” she explained. “Hingham has an exceptional soccer program with a great history. The quality of players coming out of this program is exceptional.

Monroe has work to replicate what Dacey has done over the past two seasons since taking over from Ryan Punitri. Dacey led Hingham to two league titles, a Patriot Cup championship and took his side to the Division 1 final last season where they were beaten by Natick High.

Dacey was 32-2-2 overall with Hingham.

“Sarah and I are a lot alike as coaches. We have similar styles, but she’s more motivating whereas I enjoy being more of a teacher,” Monroe said. “We lost 14 seniors from the squad that went to the state title game, but there are plenty of talented players ready to step in and take over the ship.”

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