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Friday, September 22, 2017

Larimer new LHS boys soccer coach

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Former Liberty High School soccer player and Moravian College graduate Ian Larimer is the new head coach for the Hurricanes’ boys’ soccer team.

Shortly after he was hired earlier this year and shortly after the team’s strength and conditioning work had been done, Larimer held a group meeting with Liberty soccer players to outline his philosophy, among other things.

“My philosophy is a high tempo, high-paced game where players need to think creatively and quickly through all facets of the game,” Larimer said.

At this time, it appears that the Hurricanes will have four or five returning players with quality, varsity time. Currently, the Hurricanes are competing in the summer soccer league at Lehigh University.

“It’s going really well. It’s been a seamless transition,” said Larimer. “I’ve inherited a group of thoughtful young men. I believe they respected me as a player and now, as a coach.”

Most recently, Larimer was an assistant to former Liberty head coach Jason Horvath and is a coach for Lehigh Valley United.

For Larimer, coaching soccer as a profession was always part of the plan, and he is running with it.

“Every loss I’ve ever endured, whether as a player or a coach, still stings, but it can be used as a building block,” Larimer said. “I’m looking forward to the team improving each and every day with only steps forward.”

Larimer will be assisted by Andrew Uhler, a guidance counselor at Liberty and former soccer player at Freedom High School. Another assistant is pending.

Having graduated 12 seniors from last year’s team seems to be of no concern to Larimer because he knows what he has this year, and that’s just fine with him.

“They’re an incredibly young but mature team, and they play soccer year round, so I trust them to treat the season like they’ve been there before,” said Larimer, who will undoubtedly do the same.