MONTESANO — Mike Malpass, a native of England who has played and coached both in the U.S. and abroad, has been named the Montesano High School boys soccer coach, athletic director Tim Trimble announced.
Malpass’ appointment is subject to school board confirmation. He would succeed Jeff Lenherr, who resigned the Monte boys job last year but continues as the Bulldog girls soccer coach.
The 48-year-old Malpass spent one year as the head girls soccer coach and C squad boys coach at Shelton, where he now resides. He was recently hired as a para-educator at Montesano High School and plans to move closer to the area in the coming months.
While Malpass said he has met only a couple of the Bulldog boys, he has experience with Montesano soccer programs. He has conducted preseason camps for Montesano youth teams coached by Todd Lindley.
“I’m looking forward to the upcoming season,” he said Monday. “I’m going to go in there and hope to have them buy into what I’m doing.”
Malpass grew up in Southhampton, England, where he played on youth and city teams and for the British army. He has coached in England, Egypt and Germany
In addition to the U.S. His coaching assignments included a stint at the Lincoln City School of Excellence in England, where he directed an elite women’s team. He has also specialized in coaching goalkeepers.
He moved to the U.S. for the second time about two years ago.
Malpass said he hopes to become more involved with Montesano youth soccer programs. He is aware, however, that most of his high school team will not play soccer on a year-round basis.
“We can make up for that in fitness and being aggressive,” he said. “I like attacking soccer and possession soccer.”