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Jemmott takes over Lady Trojans Soccer

For the past few years, Millington Lady Trojans Head Soccer Coach Larry Dagen has built the program to a respectable level.

Watching nearby was Melida Jemmott. The native of Panama grew up loving the game of futbol. And she coached for three years at Cordova.

Now the longtime Millington assistant in several other sports will take over Dagen, who was recently elected as a Millington Alderman to Position 4.

“Mr. Dagen was doing a good job,” Jemmott said. “But once they told me he was going into politics, I jumped at the chance. I have some big shoes to fill because he has done such a great job. I have to bring my experience and passion of the game.’

When the 2012 season kicks off, Jemmott will be the mixing things up the way she learned in Central America. Jemmott noted how in Panama children grow up loving baseball and soccer.

“It’s like you’re born with a ball on your foot down there,” she said. “Everybody plays that in the streets barefoot.”

With her shoes firmly on her feet, Jemmott is ready to take off running with the Lady Trojans. She said the faculty, parents and players are on board with full support.

“Two weeks before school was out I called a meeting,” Jemmott recalled. “This classroom was full of girls who were interested. I had 20 chairs in here and had to go get more.

“I told the girls conditioning starts at 7:30 a.m.,” she continued. “The girls are there at 7 or 7:15. They are committed.”

Parents like Andy Dupree are committed too. He is the father of senior midfielder Katlyn and has been running practices. Jemmott’s game plan will involve Katlyn Dupree moving from forward to midfielder.

Dupree tied a single-season record for goals with 27 last year. She is the all-time leading scorer in Lady Trojan history. Jemmott said the move will free her up for more goal and assist opportunities.

The seniors like will be counted on for leadership and solid play on the field.

“We will play with passion and elevate the game,” Jemmott said. “We’re going to change the lineup. We’re going to mix it up. We’re going to catch teams off guard.

“My expectations are to win it all,” she concluded. “Can we do it? Yes. Do we have the people who can do it? Yes. We have to execute the game plan.”

[/media-credit] Dupree tallied 27 goals last season to tie a Millington record.

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