Winthrop resident named head coach of WHS boys soccer team
Winthrop High Athletic Director Matt Serino has named Phil Ronan as the new head coach of the boys soccer team.
Ronan previously served as varsity head coach in the 2001-03 seasons, leading the program to its first state tournament berth in school history in 2001. He was selected Northeastern Conference Coach of the Year.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have Mr. Ronan as our coach,” said Serino. “It’s not too often that you find a person with his credentials that is eager and interested to come back and coach our kids. I met him on the field a couple of weeks ago, and he said he was interested in the position. I was super excited. Having a coach with his impressive resume and the fact that he’s a Winthrop guy and wants what’s best for the school and the community – so it’s a home run for Winthrop High School and our soccer program.”
Ronan has a sterling record of involvement in the sport as a superb teacher of the game and a highly respected referee. In addition to his three seasons in Winthrop, Ronan was the head coach of the Metro boys team in the Bay State Games, piloting the team to seven medals (three gold, two silver, and two bronze). He has also been a USSF and EMSOA-certified soccer referee for more than 20 years.
Ronan said he is exciting to be returning to Winthrop soccer and beginning the job of building a program.
“I’m at the stage in my life where it’s not about making money – it’s about actually giving back to the town,” said Ronan. “I just retired from Boston University, and I thought it would be wonderful to get back out on the field again and work with kids and see if we can build the program back up again.”
Ronan attended Winthrop High School and served in the U.S. Army for four years. He is a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology.