Yarmouth named Josh Thornton Tuesday to replace Rich Smith as just the second coach in the history of its girls’ soccer varsity program. Thornton, who played semi-pro soccer and coached for many years in England and served as a longtime premier coach and premier director with Global Premier Soccer Maine, spent the past three seasons coaching the North Yarmouth Academy girls’ soccer varsity team. Thornton inherits a Clippers squad which went 7-6-3 a year ago, losing to eventual state champion Greely in the Class B South semifinals.
“I’ve been in Yarmouth for the last three years with NYA and have seen first-hand the community spirit and ability that surrounds this town,” Thornton said. “Being able to spearhead a program that has an abundance of talent through all age groups is a privilege. I look forward to helping to develop an already fantastic program and I believe that I have walked into one of the most skilled teams in the state and we’ll be striving to prove that this year. I already feel like I am surrounded by the right players and staff to make that happen. We have some very exciting years ahead.”
Yarmouth athletic director Susan Robbins is excited about the hire.
“Yarmouth is very excited to have Josh aboard the Clipper ship to guide our girls’ soccer program,” said Robbins. “The committee was impressed by Coach Thornton’s technical knowledge of soccer, but perhaps most importantly his authentic personality and the ability to connect with the girls on the interview committee. I look forward to working with Coach Thornton to further develop our program.”