Falmouth girls' soccer coach steps down after disagreement

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FALMOUTH — After one year and four games, Jon Shardlow is no longer the coach of the Falmouth girls’ soccer team.

Shardlow confirmed that he stepped down last week as the Yachtsmen’s coach, but opted not make additional comments, deflecting queries to Falmouth High School athletic director Todd Livingston.

“Ultimately, because of philosophical differences, (Shardlow) thought is was in the best interest of the program to resign,” Livingston said. “It wasn’t the school’s decision. I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to work with him. He put a great deal of time into the program and I’d like to thank him.”

The Yachtsmen made it to the Western B Final a year ago, losing to York, and won their first three games in 2010 before falling, 3-2, at Yarmouth Saturday night. In the aftermath of that contest, several sources confirmed there was a disagreement, which allegedly led to Shardlow stepping down several days later.

Falmouth, which won, 7-0, at Wells last Thursday, and 2-0, at Cape Elizabeth Saturday, was coached on an interim basis last week by assistant John Meek, with the help of longtime assistant Cooper Higgins.

Tuesday morning, Livingston confirmed that Meek had left the program and that Higgins would serve as the varsity coach going forward.

Shardlow, a graduate of Waynflete (Class of 1991) and Manhattanville College, won a Class D (2004) and Class C (2008) state championship as the Waynflete girls’ coach. He went 14-3-4 during his short stint at Falmouth.

The Yachtsmen have won five Class B state championships since 2001. The program now has as many coaching changes in that span.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net

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