Lacey Named Boys Soccer Coach at Whitefish High School

Activities Director Aric Harris announced Thursday that Lacey would replace O'Brien Byrd

By Dillon Tabish

John Lacey has been named the new head coach of the boys soccer team at Whitefish High School, pending school board approval.

Activities Director Aric Harris announced Thursday that Lacey would replace O’Brien Byrd, who stepped down after 12 successful seasons to coach at his alma mater, Columbia Falls.

Lacey is active in the youth soccer programs in Whitefish. He served as an assistant high school coach for the girls program in 1999 and an assistant with the boys program from 2000-2002. He has also been an MOA soccer referee and serves on the Board of Directors for the Flathead Rapids.

Lacey takes over one of the most dominating soccer programs in the state over the last decade. In 12 seasons under Byrd, the Bulldogs were 121-32-15 with four Class A state titles (2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012).

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