All Saints announced the hiring of two new soccer coaches on Tuesday, naming Jeremey Bernard as the new girls soccer coach and Ousmane Diop to lead the boys team.

The coaches replace Geoff Sherman, who served as boys and girls coach last year.

“Both coaches will be building on a solid foundation laid by coach Geoff Sherman the past four years,” Trojans athletic director Eddie Francis said in an email Tuesday. “Both coaches have incredible coaching and playing experience, a passion for the game of soccer and the special ability to relate to their players.

Bernard served as the All Saints middle school coach last year and has collegiate experience at the NCAA Division I and Division III level. Bernard was the head women’s soccer coach and assistant men’s coach at Division III University of the Ozarks and was associate head women’s coach at Division I University of Central Arkansas. He also served as an assistant at Hendrix College.

At the club level, Bernard led teams to eight state championships in Arkansas and five more in Utah.

Diop leads the boys program after serving as an assistant for the Trojans last year. He was the head coach at Allen Academy in Bryan and led the Rams to three straight district titles from 2006-2009. Diop also coached Aggieland Soccer Club from 2004-2009 and now coaches with Azzurri Soccer Club in Tyler.

Additionally, Diop played semi-professional soccer in France from 1996-2002.

“They will both serve as excellent role models and mentors for our student-athletes,” Francis said. “We are extremely fortunate to have both of them at (All Saints) and look forward to great things from our soccer programs for years to come.”

 
 

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