MANCHESTER >> The search for a new girls lacrosse coach to replace Dave Miceli at Burr and Burton Academy has reached a conclusion.
Jennifer Brenner, a long-time coach for the youth Equinox Lacrosse, will take over starting this spring.
"I made a verbal commitment the week before Christmas," said Brenner in an interview on Wednesday.
Brenner, from Pompton Plains, N.J., graduated in 1996 from The College of New Jersey and played field hockey and lacrosse for legendary coach Sharon Pfluger. Pfluger has more than 1,000 wins between the two sports and Brenner played for her in both sports.
"I'm very proud to be a part of that program and I've learned so much from [Pfluger]," Brenner said. "I'm excited to expound on that at BBA."
Brenner and her husband David came to Manchester 13 years ago, moving from New Jersey back to Vermont, where David's family is from. She got involved with Equinox eight years ago.
"One of my neighbors was the fifth and sixth grade coach and they left, so the space become available and I thought, I'd be interested in doing that," Brenner said. "I had two young boys then, they're older now. I love the game and giving back to the community."
Miceli, now the athletic director at BBA, is also on the board of directors for Equinox, so he and Brenner talk frequently. She said she's been discussing the job since the summer.
"I knew the job would be available. I've coached probably 98 percent of the kids, this year's seniors were fifth graders when I started," Brenner said. "We're the feeder program. We work hard, but also get them excited about the sport. In that respect, we've done our jobs, because they are still playing."
Since the program began in 1999, the girls have reached the state championship 10 times, many of those under Miceli. Brenner said she's not feeling pressure to fill Miceli's shoes.
"He's a peer of mine, I'll have conversations with him because he's been there for so long," Brenner said. "I'm not filling his shoes, well keep some of the old traditions and add some new ones."
Brenner said she's had a lot of congratulations from players and community members on social media.
"Everyone that sees me have congratulated me as well, I've gotten a lot of messages on Facebook, saying they're excited that it's me," Brenner said.