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CHS assistant soccer coach Samantha Shulock is moving to Phoenix. (John Fisken photo)

   CHS assistant soccer coach Samantha Shulock is moving to Phoenix. (John Fisken photo)

Coupeville High School is losing a popular assistant coach for the second time in three weeks.

In late Nov., it was Wolf football coach Ryan King announcing his departure.

Thursday it was CHS soccer assistant Samantha Shulock.

In a post on the team’s Facebook page, she told her players of her plans to move back to Phoenix at the start of the new year.

“I more than appreciate all of you girls and am proud of how much all of you grew this season!,” Shulock wrote. “Never forget you’re always a team, on and off the field.

“Good luck with your school year, other sports, and next season.”

A 2008 Oak Harbor High School grad who went on to play soccer at two colleges, she joined Troy Cowan’s staff this season.

Shulock worked with players on both sides of the ball, with an emphasis on defense.

Coupeville put together the first winning season in program history this fall, finishing 8-7-1 overall, 6-3 in 1A Olympic League play.

The Wolves claimed their third consecutive second-place league finish and lost a close playoff game to Charles Wright Academy.

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Samantha Shulock (John Fisken photo)

   OHHS grad Samantha Shulock has been hired as an assistant girls soccer coach at Coupeville High School. (John Fisken photo)

Coupeville High School’s newest soccer coach vividly remembers what it was like to be a player.

“I still have the players perspective fresh in my mind and can make that connection between coach and player,” said Samantha Shulock.

The 2008 Oak Harbor grad, who went on to play college ball after high school, has joined Troy Cowan’s staff as an assistant this year.

She replaces Nicholas Dziminowicz, who departed after a year in the position to focus full-time on his work with premier teams through Northwest United.

Shulock, who made her Wolf debut Thursday during a four-team jamboree on her old field at Oak Harbor’s Wildcat Memorial Stadium, played for 15 years.

After hanging up the purple and gold at OHHS, she went on to play two years at Skagit Valley College, then wrapped her career with a stint on the women’s club soccer team at Washington State University.

Back on Whidbey, she couldn’t resist the siren call of the pitch.

“I recently moved to Coupeville and saw this as the best opportunity to stay involved in soccer,” Shulock said. “Overall I’m here for the girls.

“My goal is they feel like they played the best season they could have and continue to learn about the game.”

She’ll work with the players on both sides of the ball, though says “defense has always been my comfort zone.”

One lesson she’ll try and pass on is how important it is for each Wolf to rely on the player next to them.

“This is a team sport; support is key,” Shulock said. “Any game is meant to be fun and if you want to take it to the next level you need to make sure it makes you happy every time you step onto the field with your teammates.”

As the Wolves prep for their regular-season opener (Sept. 8 at home vs. South Whidbey), their newest coach is counting down the days.

“I’m excited to be a part of it,” Shulock said. “I see myself in a lot of the girls and hope I’m a positive influence on each one.

“I’m coming in completely from the outside with no ties to this community,” she added. “My best wishes are always with the girls and their families and that every soccer experience is a positive one.”

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