Mazetis takes over BLHS girls soccer program
Basehor-Linwood has hired an experienced coach to run its girls soccer team next spring.
Derek Mazetis brings with him more than 10 years of experience coaching club, high school and college soccer teams.
Mazetis replaces Jaclyn Naster who left the team after last season. He is excited about the prospects of taking over the program.
“I just want to start from scratch with all of them,” he said. “My approach is that my way is a different way; they have a lot to learn through my way. Probably some habits they have I may want to change along the way. They seem excited for the unknown. I would like to bring a new culture to the program. They have had some success in the past. We can use it as a springboard to do bigger and better things.”
Mazetis is also the men’s and women’s coach at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth. The team plays both seasons in the fall, enabling Mazetis to coach the BLHS girls team. He said it is normal for smaller college coaches to coach the high school girls teams.
“It happens fairly commonly,” he said. “If you can work it out, it is great for everyone. I have a chance to continue doing what I enjoy doing. I get a chance to know some people and it is a win-win situation for everyone. If it were Division One, I would not be able to do it. Fortunately, I have the opportunity to do it.”
Mazetis has an extensive background in coaching and has grown up playing soccer. He graduated from Immaculata in 1991, and his father is the boys soccer coach at Immaculata.
Mazetis started the Platte County High School soccer program in 1998. He coached there for a few years before taking the USM position, which he has held for three years along with coaching the Immaculata girls team.
Immaculata decided to drop soccer after last season due to a lack of numbers. The decision left Mazetis looking for a new position and he had heard the BLHS job might be opening. He met Joe Keeler, Basehor-Linwood athletics director, after the Immaculata-Basehor game last spring.
Austin Knipp, who had served as an assistant coach, recommended him for the position. Knipp played for Mazetis in three years of club soccer.
Mazetis and Keeler talked a little after the game about the position and then further after the season ended.
While Mazetis is sad that Immaculata program folded because of the opportunity it takes away from the girls to play, he is excited for the opportunity to coach the Bobcats.
“I really appreciate the opportunity given to coach here,” he said.
He is excited about the facilities, the Basehor-Linwood school district and the players he gets to coach.
Mazetis plans to hire an assistant coach by this winter.
Basehor-Linwood soccer players have already gotten acclimated to Mazetis’ style. The team is participating in a camp this week at the high school with 16 players in attendance. Mazetis said he is pleased with what he has seen on the field.
“It is going well,” he said.
He expects to bring a different type of intensity and approach to soccer.
“We will play an attacking style and get the defense involved in the attack,” he said. “Our forwards (will help) set up (plays) as much as scoring.”