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Maclay girls soccer coach Paul Dickson retires

Maclay School has announced the retirement of longtime girls varsity soccer head coach Paul...
Maclay School has announced the retirement of longtime girls varsity soccer head coach Paul Dickson.(Maclay School)
Published: Mar. 29, 2022 at 1:08 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2022 at 1:17 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Maclay School has announced the retirement of longtime girls varsity soccer head coach Paul Dickson.

Dickson coached at Maclay for 15 years, leading the Marauders to a stellar 223-73-31 record. During his tenure, Maclay won 14 district championships.

Dickson said he believes now is the right time to pass the torch.

“I initially thought the 2020-2021 season would be my last, but Coach Warner asked me to stay on another year to bring the program out of the COVID malaise and to help with our transition into the 3A classification,” he said. “I’m thankful to have had this ‘bonus season’ as the 2021-2022 varsity girls battled through all sorts of adversity to prevail as district champions, and I am extremely proud of their resilience and perseverance.”

Coach Andy Warner said Dickson has been the consummate professional and leader of Maclay’s girls program for two decades.

“His ability to communicate and build a sense of community has been the hallmark of his career,” Warner said. “We are proud of the program he has led for so many years and his strong desire to ensure a smooth transition within the program.”

Assistant coach Zack Arceneaux will take over as Maclay’s varsity girls soccer head coach, the press release said. Arceneaux is currently an assistant teacher in the Lower School and has coached Maclay’s varsity, JV and middle school girls soccer teams.

He said he is grateful for the opportunity and acknowledged the work Warner and Dickson put in to build the program over the years.

“The ongoing tradition of success that has been established is one that I look forward to continuing in the future,” Arceneaux said. “Coach Dickson’s impact is one that will be felt for years to come, and I truly appreciate what he has done for Maclay Soccer.”

Warner said Arceneaux is a worthy candidate to take over head coaching duties for Dickson.

“The opportunity to have a seamless transfer from one coach to another will allow continuity and new leadership,” Warner said. “The future of Maclay Soccer is very bright and having a coach who has worked with all age groups in the school provides a long-term horizon for the program.”

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