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New Faculty Coaches - Brittany Soto

Hanna Jennings ’24 Assistant Sports Editor Eli Ratner ’24 Assistant Sports Editor
Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Brittany Soto, a new addition to the Hopkins faculty this school year, has been playing soccer her whole life.
Growing up in Atlanta, she played for a competitive club team in high school and received a full scholarship to play Division 1 Women’s Soccer at Winthrop University. After two years, Soto decided to focus on her academics and transferred to Birmingham Southern University, switching from Division 1 to Division 3. After college, she played in the WPSL (Women’s Premier Soccer League) Pro-Am League for the Pensacola Texans and Knoxville Cours. Unfortunately, at this time, Soto suffered a career-ending injury.

After her injury, Soto began assistant coaching at the reigning state champion Oak Mountain High School in Alabama. However, Soto realized that she wanted to move into the club scene. She started with U11 (under 11 years old) girls and ended up falling in love with the kids and coaching. Soto then moved back home to Atlanta and began coaching NASA-Tophat, a nationally ranked club team. She later moved up to New England and coached different teams in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Having coached for twelve years now, Soto has “had the whole spectrum of coaching...anywhere from very developmental and very young [teams] all the way through ECNL (Elite Clubs National League).” Soto also “coached a little bit in high school” and “helped recruiting at [her] alma mater, Birmingham Southern.” She summarized, “I’ve had my hands in quite a bit of coaching now.”

Soto came to Hopkins “because I wanted to work with kids who were motivated, who truly wanted to develop, and [who] wanted to make something of themselves personally and academically. I knew that the kids worked hard, [and] I knew that [the soccer program] was a solid program in which [they] could create something special.” One of the biggest goals Soto had “was to bring pride back to this program and really unify them.” Abby Regan ’22 described, “She shifted all of our values to put each other and the team first, so that each and every one of us worked to get better every single day. She always allowed us to ask questions and learn from our mistakes.” Taylor Jenkins ’24, a starter on the Girls Varsity
Soccer team, said that Soto has “definitely changed the girls soccer program since the day she stepped onto the field. She emphasized unity and tradition with everything we do. Girls soccer is one program and one team. Whether we win, lose, or tie ...we’re in it together no matter what.” Jenkins provided an example of the solidarity of the team: “Every game, we all wear tape on our left hand and write in the words we all collectively believe define us as a team as a reminder of the unity that holds us together. That tradition from now on will forever be carried throughout generations of teammates, as it stands for who we are as a school and people.”

Soto explained that her immediate goal for this season was to “bring back the fun and love of the sport. After Covid, we weren’t used to being on the field, [and] we weren’t used to being together.” Not only has Soto improved the team as a whole, but the individual players have gotten better too. Jenkins stated, “Honestly, she is one of the hardest working coaches I’ve met. Anyone on the team can see that in her. Personally I really respect the time and dedication she puts into each and every player on the team. I give her a lot of credit for my development as a player, as I have learned so much about the game from her already.” Regan summarized, “As a senior, this was by far my best season and this was completely due to Coach B’s leadership and willingness to help each of us get better.”



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