Notre Dame--Fairfield athletic director Rob Bleggi has added another veteran soccer coach to the Lancers' fold for the fall. Wayne Mones, Norwalk High School's athletic director for the past 10 years, has replaced Pedro Oliviera as head girls coach. Whitey Budreckas, the Lancers' boys head coach, has been a coach since the 1980s, the last 11 as Notre Dame's coach.
Notre Dame compiled a 4-9-3 record in 2013.
Mones will be a school counselor at Notre Dame as well, a role he served in at Norwalk, too. Mones had recently retired from his position at Norwalk.
Mones first coached at Central Catholic High School, which closed in the 1980s, then later at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. He is the director of coaching for the Yankee United club team.
"I am confident that with his experience and knowledge he will provide the proper leadership as we move forward," Father Bill Sangiovanni, president of Notre Dame, said in a news release on Wednesday.
Notre Dame Principal Chris Cipriano said: "I am very happy to welcome Mr. Mones to the ND family. His extensive background in school counseling, coupled with his talents as a successful soccer coach, will make an excellent addition to the Notre Dame Fairfield community and undoubtedly be very beneficial for our students."
Having another head coach in the school during the daytime is an advantage, Bleggi said.
"His high school experience as a school counselor and his knowledge and understanding of the game of soccer is undeniable," Bleggi said earlier this week.
"I believe that coach Mones can elevate our girls' soccer program to the next level."
Mones is looking forward to a new challenge, he said.
"After 36 years as a public school counselor, I look forward toward the new challenges of working in a Catholic High School environment. I hope that my extensive high school experience in college counseling, my personal counseling skills and strong background in working with highly diverse multi-cultural students will help add to the already strong reputation of the Notre Dame guidance department," Mones said.
"With the commitment of our student athletes, as well as the support of our parents, teachers, administrators and ND community, I am confident our team will be successful," Mones said.
The girls soccer team's first game is Sept. 11 against Jonathan Law, of Milford, in Fairfield. Training and practice begin in late August. A large number of players are returning to the team, Bleggi said.
Information from a news release was included in this report