Educators and coaches have the unique opportunity of making an impact on a young student-athlete that can last a lifetime. In many cases, that impact is paid forward when the young man or woman becomes a teacher and/or coach themselves.
This is exactly the case for Pat Carey, a 2011 North County graduate who has spent the last few years as a coach and special education teacher at Broadneck. Carey recently accepted an offer to become the new Old Mill boys soccer coach.
“It was extremely important to have Scott McGuire come into my life and lead me down a different path,” Carey said. “He pushed me to go to college and play soccer and he told me that education was a great field to go into. He wanted to mentor great kids and I knew that, when I grew up, I wanted to do for kids what he did for me.”
Carey played soccer and baseball at North County and met McGuire when the Severna Park and Salisbury University grad took over the Knights’ soccer program when Carey was a sophomore.
“He was a guiding light for me,” Carey said. “I would say he was almost like a big brother to me as we were too close in age for him to be a father figure.”
After graduating from North County, Carey matriculated to Stevenson University, where he played soccer for the Mustangs and earned a B.S. in education. A goalkeeper, Carey was named named Commonwealth Conference Defender of the Week in early October 2013 for making five saves and posting a shutout in a 1-0 victory over Lycoming College.
After graduating, Carey joined the Broadneck staff in January 2016 and then joined the baseball staff as a coach that spring, and has since led the junior varsity squad. In addition to serving on Broadneck baseball coach Matt Skrenchuk’s staff, Carey has also coached with Sean Tettemer and the Bruins’ soccer team the past few years. He was part of the coaching staff that led the Bruins to the Class 4A East Region title last fall.
“Getting to coach for Sean Tettemer has been great; I learned a lot about the principles of coaching that I can apply to any sport,” Carey said. “He taught me how to manage the game and get the most out of players. I want to be that person, the head coach that has players come to me and trust me with advice.”
Tettemer is sad to see Carey go, but knows Old Mill is getting a good one.
“Pat is an extremely hard worker, a dedicated professional and an outstanding coach,” Tettemer said in an Old Mill release announcing Carey’s hire. “He will be greatly missed at Broadneck, but will be a great addition to the Old Mill community.”
The Old Mill job was an opportunity Carey, a Brooklyn Park native, could not resist. He replaces Daniel Bulls, who stepped down after seven seasons leading his alma mater.
“Being from the northern part of the county, I always felt like North County and Old Mil were very similar,” Carey said. “Old Mill is very athletic and technically sound. I’m young, I’m energetic and I wanted the opportunity to lead a group of young men. Old Mill has something to prove and it is a great opportunity for me to build my own program.”
Carey counts McGuire, Tettemer and Skrenchuk, who taught Carey not to be afraid to make mistakes, as mentors. He sees Old Mill athletic director Jeff Martin as another in that mold.
“Whether he knows it or not, he will be that next role model for me,” Carey said. “I have been in contact with him two to three days a week and he is always around to help me out.”
Carey got to meet with most of the Old Mill players in his program on March 15th. They discussed offseason workouts, summer 7v7 sessions and more. He plans on being at the school in the summer to help with workouts.
“We are extremely fortunate and excited to have Pat Carey joining the Old Mill staff and leading the soccer program,” Martin said in the release. “Coach Carey will have a clear vision for the program and we are excited to see him build on the solid foundation for the Old Mill soccer program.”
While Carey is preparing for his first varsity head coaching gig, he will also close out his role as Broadneck’s junior varsity baseball head coach. Carey is also serving as an interim assistant athletic director through the end of the school year, replacing Andrew Villwock, who recently stepped down to focus on his teaching duties.