January 24, 2007
Albany - The growth of both Darton soccer teams in their first seven years has been phenomenal.
Both programs have been ranked among the best in the nation and both have won state titles.
What is even more remarkable is that both Cavalier soccer teams have been coached by Ken Veilands.
But the Darton soccer program has grown so much that Veilands will turn over the men's team to a new head coach next season.
Veilands will remain head coach of the Lady Cavalier program that finished national runner-up in 2005 and he will also serve as director of operations for the program.
Veilands says he chose to coach the women primarily because his two daughters play soccer and just maybe he might get the chance to coach them one day.
Veilands says it isn't the on field demands that have gotten so big but the issues coaches have to deal with the off field that require two head coaches for the Darton soccer programs.
Ken Veilands said "We have reached that point where to get the kids in that we have been getting. And to keep them and to get them academically successful so that they can go on get successful, it has been difficult to do. And we have almost become short-sighted. We have become reactive instead of proactive."
The Darton athletic program is also expanding. The school will have men and women's cross country teams in the fall.
Current soccer assitant coach David Mann will be the head coach for both Darton cross country teams.