Beckman takes over Red Wing soccer programRed Wing High School will have a new girls soccer head coach after former coach Jen Herdina resigned after two years.
By: Nick Gerhardt, The Republican Eagle
Red Wing High School will have a new girls soccer head coach after former coach Jen Herdina resigned after two years.
Dusty Beckman, who spent two years as a Winona High School girls soccer assistant coach, has taken over the program and will try to rebuild a program that went 3-10-1 last season.
“I know they lost 13 seniors last year,” Beckman said. “It will be fun and I’ve seen a lot of potential already and I’ve seen a lot of improvement already.”
Beckman accepted the job three weeks ago, he said, and will make some changes immediately. The Wingers will use a new formation this season, a 4-3-3, which will add a forward to the attack in an attempt to find more goals. Last year, Red Wing scored just 10 goals in 14 games and was shutout eight times.
“All the girls were like, ‘Another coach quit,’” senior Sydney Zeig said. “We were all kind of down. We really like Dusty and he’s a really good coach.”
Beckman also wants to make the team a more possession-based squad.
“I’d like to, instead of doing a long ball or a through ball, building up the attack so we have four or five attackers instead of one long ball for one attack,” Beckman said. “I want to see a progression, a build up from the back.”
Herdina resigned last season and Red Wing Athletic Director Matt Schultz had hired a replacement, but early in the summer the replacement coach resigned.
Beckman, 24, has served as a head coach for under-17 and under-16 summer soccer teams, but this will be his first head coaching position with a high school program.
Beckman grew up playing soccer in Winona and with various club teams in Rochester. Beckman attends Winona State University, where he is majoring in English education.
The Wingers open the season Aug. 29 against Byron in Red Wing.