Courtney Irwin was named Thomas Worthington High School girls soccer coach on Nov. 27, replacing interim coach Tara Zimmer.
Irwin coached Worthington Kilbourne from 2002-05 and from 2007-15. She took maternity leave in 2006.
“Courtney is the most highly qualified high school soccer coach in Ohio who just so happens to now be teaching at Thomas Worthington,” athletics director Jen Goebbel said. “I am thrilled for our girls soccer program to have such an experienced and accomplished coach.”
Irwin, a 1996 Kent State University graduate who earned a master’s degree from Kent State in 1997, coached Aurora in 1997 and ’98 and served as an assistant at New Albany from 1999-2001.
She has a career record of 141-79-35.
“Her record speaks for itself, but the most impressive thing about Courtney is that she truly gets the interscholastic part about high school soccer,” Goebbel said. “The soccer field is an extension of the classroom for her and she is an incredible leader when it comes to sportsmanship.”
Under Irwin, Kilbourne won Excellence in Sportsmanship district honors in 2013 and ’15 and earned four team academic awards from the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association from 2012-15 for achieving at least a 3.2 team GPA.
In addition, Irwin guided Kilbourne to five league titles (2002, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’07) and four district runner-up finishes (2004, ’07, ’12, ’13).
“Thomas had a tremendously challenging year,” Irwin said. “They were an extremely young team that had three coaches in less than a year and they’re growing as individuals and as players. I saw they had tenacity and a strong work ethic and those will be the things we build upon.”
Zimmer replaced Brad Pitman, who was named coach last spring but stepped two weeks before the season began. Pitman had been tabbed to replace Tim Barton, who went 83-60-23 in nine seasons.
The Cardinals finished 4-9-5 overall and 2-3-1 in the OCC-Cardinal this fall.
“Tara Zimmer is an absolute class act,” Goebbel said. “She took over the program under less than ideal circumstances in August and did a phenomenal job. I can’t say enough good things about her.”