McDonogh didn't look far or long to find its new boys soccer coach.
Assistant Brandon Quaranta will take over for longtime coach Steve Nichols, who was named the new men's coach at Loyola University on Wednesday.
Quaranta, a standout player at Archbishop Curley and Hofstra, has been an assistant under Nichols since 2006.
“Obviously, in the last 20 years Steve has been able to establish one of the best programs in the country,” Quaranta said. “He's attracted unbelievable student-athletes who have represented the school amazingly and performed incredibly on the field. And now I step into the role of trying to follow those footsteps and maintain that level of excellence, which is certainly an incredible challenge for me.
“But I'm excited about the challenge and opportunity, and I don't take for granted the fact that my job is coming to work with an unbelievable group of young men every day. I appreciate what McDonogh has given him from an opportunity standpoint and I'm looking forward to it.”
Quaranta, a physical education teacher at McDonogh's lower and middle schools, also has extensive coaching experience at the club level with the Baltimore Bays and currently with the Baltimore Celtic Club, for which he is the director of coaching.
In 2010, he led the Bays' Under-15 team to a national championship.
In 17 years, Nichols went 290-62-31 and led the Eagles to seven Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championships. The last came in the fall, when No. 1 McDonogh finished 20-0-1. It was the Eagles’ first unbeaten season.
“In eight years, I think we've done some great things together, both here at McDonogh and from a club perspective,” Quaranta said. “[Nichols] has been a mentor to me. He showed me the ropes as far as the on-field tactics and, more importantly, I think what he's best at is motivating a team and inspiring a group of young men to perform at the top of their capability. He gave me my start and I'll be thankful to him for that.”
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