She is no stranger to the Patterson High girls soccer program. Longtime junior varsity head coach Sheila Ludwig has been with the Tigers for 11 years, but for the first time in her coaching career, Ludwig will take over the role of varsity head coach, following the departure of former head coach Cade Tomasegovich from the position.

“Becoming the varsity coach means a lot to me I think every coach wants to know they have done a good job, and by Coach T (Tomasegovich) recommending me and our AD (athletic director) Rob Cozart agreeing I was the best selection justified all my hard work over the years,” new girls soccer varsity head coach Sheila Ludwig said via email.

Tomasegovich had high praise for Ludwig as she embarks on her journey as varsity head coach.

“It is with the utmost confidence, support and fidelity that, I feel, Sheila is the best person to be the next PHS girls varsity soccer coach. Not only has she put in the time in with successful seasons, she has been a huge part in developing our whole soccer program. She has the credentials, the experience and the support of the players,” Tomasegovich said via email.

It has been a long road for Ludwig to get to this point. Despite this being her first foray into coaching at the varsity level, her rich coaching experience in the sport spans 38 years.

She spent the majority of that time coaching for the California Youth Soccer Association at the Division I competitive level. This led to Ludwig coaching at Livermore, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and eventually Patterson.

Her arrival in Patterson marked an 11-year tenure at the junior varsity level.

“Coach T (Tomasegovich) interviewed me and two others 11 years ago and I was lucky enough to be selected to help him make this program grow, and we have,” Ludwig said via email. “I have been coaching at PHS for 11 seasons, and the JV girls program was very successful up to this point. Moving into the CCC is another challenge for our program.”

Overall, the girls varsity team finished 6-16-1 last season during their first campaign in the Central California Conference. Ludwig will get to work to try and turn that around this winter.

“This year I really want to work on the girls mental side of the game. We needed to be tougher mentally. We have a lot of skill on our team, and we need to play together, not as individuals,” Ludwig said.

Summer training will begin on June 24 and will run until the end of July before preseason practices and conditioning begins in September.

Edgar Murrilo will replace Ludwig as junior varsity coach, while Luisa Murillo and Brian Ludwig will come on as assistant coaches at the varsity level.

“We all hope to have a great first season, and keep the program growing and getting stronger,” Ludwig said.

PI sports writer

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