When Molly Russell became University High School’s girls’ soccer coach, she wasn’t even there for the occasion. “It seems pretty perfect,” Russell said. “I actually had [an adult league] soccer game [Tuesday] night.” The Monongalia County Board of Education approved Russell’s hiring Tuesday.
Russell, who will make $2,700 per year as head coach, served as the Hawks’ interim coach two days this week as she anxiously awaited the official word. The players are “excited,” Russell said. “I think it’s knowing the person that’s coming in, that I’ve been with them the last three years.” Russell, 26, isn’t new to soccer or the area. A Morgantown native, she moved to Parkersburg as a freshman in high school and played soccer until she graduated. She then returned to Morgantown where she earned a masters in elementary education at WVU.
Russell is a third-year WVU law student and president of the WVU Student Bar Association. During the high schools’ three-week summer practice session, Russell begins her days by overseeing the Hawks’ 7 a.m. workouts. She leaves the UHS field to immediately begin her work day as an intern with Legal Aide of West Virginia. Russell is also a substitute teacher in the Monongalia County school system at least 10 days a year.