Rebecca Hancart married 1999 DeSales High School graduate Ray Hancart two years ago, and the couple has attended the past five DeSales-Watterson football games, cheering for the Stallions each time.

Rebecca Hancart married 1999 DeSales High School graduate Ray Hancart two years ago, and the couple has attended the past five DeSales-Watterson football games, cheering for the Stallions each time.

On April 23, Hancart switched her allegiance when she accepted the job as girls tennis coach at Watterson. She is replacing Mary Lorms, who coached the Eagles for 20 seasons before stepping down last October.

"I'm sure the rivalry within my family is going to be even bigger now that I'm at Watterson," Hancart said. "My husband has already threatened to wear purple to every Watterson tennis match to show that he still supports DeSales, but I know that he'll support me because he said that he'd rather see me coach at another Catholic school than a public school if I couldn't coach at DeSales.

"I'm a tennis pro and I already know a lot of the Watterson girls, so I jumped at the chance to coach there. It's a friendly atmosphere, and the Watterson girls have already told me that they're used to beating DeSales, so I'll do my best to make sure they keep doing so."

Hancart played first singles at South Bend (Ind.) St. Joseph for four seasons and she was second-team all-state as a senior before graduating in 1999.

After receiving a tennis scholarship from Dayton, Hancart played first, second and third singles for the Flyers. She won 139 matches, becoming the program's winningest player, before graduating in 2003 with a degree in sports management.

Hancart followed her future husband to Columbus, and taught tennis at the Racquet Club of Columbus in 2003 and 2004. She currently works as a tennis instructor at Player's Club in Hilliard and Brookside Country Club in Worthington.

"Rebecca already has a lot of tennis experience as both a player and an instructor, and she's young and enthusiastic about coaching here," athletics director Chris Campbell said. "She already knows a lot of our kids through being a club pro, and we think she'll be a good fit here."

Last year, the Eagles finished 13-4 overall and beat DeSales 3-2 to win the CCL at 5-0.

The win over DeSales halted the Stallions' two-year run as CCL champion and marked the first time Watterson won the CCL since 2004.

"I always look to improve upon the previous year's record," Hancart said. "One of my first goals is to make sure we have a strong understanding of how to play doubles because that's very important in winning high school tennis matches. I've wanted to be a high school coach for several years, and I'm excited about this team's potential."

ĽOn April 23, Frank Bucci was named boys soccer coach.

Bucci is replacing Derek Spann, who resigned last October after nine seasons as coach and six as an assistant. Spann stepped down because of health issues.

Spann led the Eagles to a 94-49-24 record, three CCL titles and one district title.

"The records and championships weren't as important to me as being a part of these kids' lives," Spann said. "Teaching the game to the kids is something I love and something I'll never forget. I wish I could stay, but my health isn't allowing me to do that right now. I feel blessed to have been a part of Watterson's tradition and I thank God for the time I had there."

Bucci is looking forward to having the opportunity to coach his son, Paolo, a sophomore.

"This is an opportunity to give something back to Watterson and to the sport of soccer which have been good to our family," Bucci said. "I've been able to watch Watterson play several times over the past few years, and I know there's good players and good kids in the program."

Bucci has an extensive soccer background. He began playing the game as a high school junior at Bethel Park (Pa.), and he earned a soccer scholarship from Pittsburgh.

After playing goalkeeper for Pittsburgh, Bucci went on to play in three professional leagues -- the North American Soccer League, the American Soccer League and the Major Indoor Soccer League. Over a five-year span, he played for five teams, including the Stamford (Conn.) Bicentennials, the Pittsburgh Spirit, the Columbus Magic, the Denver Avalanche and the Kansas City Wizards.

But after suffering a shoulder injury, Bucci retired from soccer and moved to Columbus to start a construction business.

Bucci was an assistant boys soccer coach at DeSales in 1984-85 before serving as an assistant boys soccer coach at Westerville South in 1986-87.

He coached boys soccer for the Ohio F.C. club team from 1999 through 2004, and he has coached boys soccer for the Eagles S.C. club the past three seasons.

"Frank has been around the game for many years and he's well-respected around the soccer community," Campbell said. "He's got professional playing experience and he's coached for many years. He's very grounded and mature. When we interviewed him, he talked about the kids growing as people more than he talked about soccer or wins and losses. That really impressed us."

Last year, the Eagles finished 12-4-5 overall and tied St. Charles for third (2-2-1) in the CCL behind DeSales (5-0) and Worthington Christian (4-1) and ahead of Hartley (1-4) and Ready (0-5).

Watterson beat Bexley 1-0 in overtime in a Division II district final for its first district title. The Eagles then beat Cincinnati McNicholas 1-0 in a regional semifinal and lost to Kettering Alter 2-0 in the final.

"My style of play is going to be much different than what they've had here in the past," Bucci said. "We'll play a possession game and we'll attack with numbers instead of sending one or two forwards. We may be suspect in the beginning while we're learning this new style, but I think we'll have more success later in the year."