Announces Alumna Michelle Ogborn-Haywood
As New Women's Soccer Coach
Windsor, N.J. - Mercer County Community College Athletics Director
John Simone has announced that Michelle Ogborn-Haywood, of Ewing,
will join the athletics staff as head coach for women's soccer.
Ogborn-Haywood is a 1992 alumna of the college who is still
active locally in both soccer and softball leagues as a youth
coach and a player. She also brings considerable managerial
and team-building skills to the program.
has a strong connection to Mercer. As an alumna of the college,
she has been in the shoes of our students and understands
the important role of college athletics," Simone said.
"She will draw from personal experience as she mentors
our players on the field and encourages them to get the job
done in the classroom. We expect her to be an inspiring leader
for our program."
notes that, like any coach, she would love to have a winning
season. She will condition her players at practice and share
her considerable knowledge of the game and winning tactics.
But her number one goal will be to create an atmosphere of
mutual respect and see her players flourish. "We will
build strength as a team and win as a team," she says.
alumna Michelle Ogborn-Haywood ('92)
is the Vikings' new women's soccer coach.
was a three-sport athlete while at Mercer. A graduate of Council
Rock High School in Bucks County, she was originally recruited by
Bill Drake to play softball, who also coached her in soccer. "Coach
Drake was an inspiration for me," she says. She began playing
her third sport, basketball, after being spied shooting baskets
in the gym by then new basketball coach Mike Tenaglia, who still
coaches at Mercer.
her considerable energy level, Ogborn-Haywood says that playing
a sport was the perfect outlet for her at the end of a tough school
day. And, she says, at the community college level, most players
get playing time from day one. "I was a starting defender,
along with Judy Irwin. We guarded that backfield fiercely."
Mercer, Ogborn-Haywood transferred to the University of West Florida,
where she played soccer for Coach Diane Kelly, also an MCCC alum.
She notes that she was well-prepared athletically and academically
for the transition. She earned her bachelor's degree in Education
and went on to a successful career in promotions and sales. As a
marketing manager who traveled nationwide setting up sales teams
for promotional events, she developed strong organizational and
team-building skills that she believes will be very useful in her
Currently a stay-at-home mom, her coaching duties will bring her
back into the competitive sports environment that she loves. "I
am chomping at the bit to get to the field," she says.
acknowledges how thankful she is for the role Mercer played in her
life. "Mercer was like a second home and a turning point in
my life." Noting the huge step it can be for some students
to go directly from high school to living away from home at a four-year
school, she says, "With two years at a community college, they
come out knowing more about the real world and how to handle themselves
on the playing field and in the classroom. I plan to be there for
these girls the way Coach Drake was for me."
still recalls the mentoring of Athletic Trainer Lisa Camillone,
now in her 29th year at the college. "I could always count
on Lisa' honesty and consistency. I knew her advice was sound. She
is a friend now."
Vikings' season begins August 27 with an away game against Monroe
(Rochester, NY). The home opener is Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. vs. Montgomery
(Rockville, MD) at the MCCC Stadium. The full season schedule is
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