WYDaily.com is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.
The coaching instability for the Lafayette girls soccer program continued Thursday, as Head Coach Derek D’Arcy – in his first season with the Rams – resigned from his position after just four games.
Lafayette Athletic Director Dan Barner said Michelle McClellan, who was serving as an assistant coach on the girls varsity team, will serve as the new varsity girls soccer coach in the interim.
McClellan was an assistant coach under previous varsity head coach Kevin Nealer last season.
For D’Arcy, who moved to the U.S. from Ireland, the coaching gig at Lafayette marked his first time coaching at the high school level. As it turns out, the experience was not quite what he expected.
“It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be and I just didn’t enjoy it,” D’Arcy told WYDaily, declining to expand upon what specifically he did not like about coaching at Lafayette. “The people there — the athletic director, the principal — they’re all great people. I’ve got nothing bad to say about anybody. I wish everybody well.”
While D’Arcy, who was hired for the job shortly before the start of the season, said he made the decision to step down on Wednesday, McClellan has coached Lafayette’s last two games against Grafton and Bethel – both of which were victories.
The Rams were 1-3 on the season while D’Arcy was the head coach.