Cato-Meridian Turns to Fenlon to lead Boys’ Varsity SoccerCato-Meridian High School is turning to a decorated coach to help lead the boys’ varsity soccer program into the future.
The district recently announced the hire of Mike Fenlon, who spent 32 seasons as the boys’ JV soccer coach at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, as the new head coach of the varsity program.
After an initial meeting with Athletic Director David Scholl, Fenlon then met with a committee that included Scholl, Superintendent Terry Ward and a district parent. The committee came away impressed.
“We really thought he was a good fit for the program,” said Scholl. “We’re excited that he’s our new varsity coach. We are certainly optimistic for the future of this program.”
After coaching for more than three consecutive decades, Fenlon stepped down from his post at C-NS following the 2017 season. However, the urge to return to coaching, coupled with the available position at Cato-Meridian, presented the perfect opportunity for Fenlon.
“I’m happy to be the varsity coach,” said Fenlon. “But to be honest, I would have accepted a position coaching the modified team, too. I just missed it.”
While Fenlon noted the differences between Cato-Meridian High School and the much larger C-NS High School, he said he feels confidently that he’ll fit in nicely in his new surroundings.
“At the end of the day, kids are kids,” said Fenlon. “I’m excited for this opportunity.”
Fenlon’s first step will be to meet with his players and their families, and to get a sense of what the program currently has and what it will need going forward. When asked what his goal for the program is, Fenlon said it’s very simple.
“Most importantly, I want the kids to have a positive experience. I want them to look back and say they had fun,” said Fenlon. “Then I’ll know it was a success.”
Parents can get to meet Fenlon during the district’s Meet the Coach Night, scheduled for June 17 at 6:15PM in the high school cafeteria.