The search for a new Barton Community College women’s soccer coach has begun to replace the school’s all-time winningest coach in that sport.
Bryan Sailer has accepted the same job at Emporia State University.
Sailer leaves Barton after the four most successful seasons in the Cougars’ brief 10-year program. He will take over June 1 at the NCAA Division II school after his teams rewrote the record at Barton.
Sailer went 59-23-2 during his four seasons at Barton, winning the Jayhawk Conference championship in 2008. Barton had never won more than 10 games in a season since the program’s inception in 2001.
During the 2003 season, Barton went 10-8-4, which was the best mark the program had at the time of Sailer’s arrival. His first team in 2007 went 10-8-2 and followed the next year with a school record 18 wins as the Cougars went 18-4. Barton followed that with a 17-4 mark in 2009 and 14-7 this past season. Sailer was named Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Coach of the Year in 2008.
“Coming into this, I really didn’t know what to expect,” Sailer said of his first college coaching job. “I just wanted to make the most out the opportunity Barton had given to me.
“The success we had initially was stunning for some. I was able to bring in some top quality players and people to turn this thing around. They were proud to be part of that, as was I. Barton took a chance on me, and I thank them for that.”
Sailer will take over an Emporia State team that has been struggling, winning just one game last season.
“I look forward to this next endeavor,” Sailer said. “Often times change is scary, but it is very exciting as well. When I look back I look at the stats, I look at the championship we won.
“But most of all, I look at the people I have worked with along the way. I look at the players that came through that I am still very close with today.”