It wasn’t an easy decision for Janine Conley. After three successful years as the head coach of Marple Newtown’s girls soccer team and with a baby on the way, something had to give.
That’s why Conley tendered her resignation after three seasons at the helm of the Tigers.
Conley’s team won just two games in her first year in charge, but she spearheaded a resurgence for the long-dormant program that resulted in its first ever Districts berth in 2012 and a decade’s worth of wins over the last two seasons.
Among the milestones for that nine-win 2012 team was a home playoff game in the District One Class AA Tournament and a first playoff win, a 3-1 defeat of Upper Perkiomen. After an extended, Hurricane Sandy-induced hiatus between games, the fell to Gwynedd Mercy in the district semis.
Conley was able to push her girls to repeat the playoff berth this season, rattling off seven straight wins to close the regular season and post a 10-6-1 record. They were unable to repeat their playoff success, with Upper Perkiomen exacting a measure of revenge in the district quarters.
Prior to heading up Marple’s staff, Conley spent four years coaching at Garnet Valley, where she teaches middle school.