For the Intelligencer
St. Clairsville - The Dutton name and St. Clairsville soccer go hand-in-hand, or, maybe foot-to-foot.
Jaclyn Dutton etched her name not only in the Red Devils record books, but the state of Ohio's as well as the all-time leading goal scorer.
Her father, Scott, was an assistant under head coach Joe Kubik during those years.
He can drop the assistant label as the Kubik has retired - both as a coach and teacher.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," Dutton said earlier this week.
Being associated with the program for five years, Dutton said the adjustment will be minimal.
"That is a good thing," he noted. "We have a good nucleus of girls coming back."
The Red Devils graduated six players from last season, but a talented group returns, including rising sophomore goaltender Brianna Sowers.
Also expected to make a comeback is former netminder Jasmine Vincent, who missed all of last season after injuring her knee playing basketball.
"She's supposed to come back, but we're still uncertain at this point," Dutton said.
While every coach has dreams of winning them all, Dutton has his sights set on other things.
"Sure we'd like to go undefeated, but ultimately, our goal will to do the best we can and win as many games as we can," he said. "We want to put our best game on the field every night."
St. Clairsville, behind the scoring of Jaclyn Dutton, reached the Division II District Tournament finals two seasons ago before bowing out.
She eventually took her talents to Clemson University where she had a very fine freshman campaign. However, she has since transferred to Kent State University to continue her academic and athletic careers.
Kubik has led the Red Devils for the past seven seasons and taught at the school for the last 11. He also taught at Belmont Technical College and Wheeling Central Catholic.
He said he will miss the camaraderie of being around the girls.
"Each team was a great group of girls," Kubik said. "Being girls, it was always interesting."
He also thinks that Dutton will do a fine job.
"Scott is an excellent soccer coach. We kind of learned from each other of the past few years. I had my ideas and he had his. We kind of blended them together and went with what we came up with. He brings a lot of good things to the program."