High School Sports

Edwardsville promotes assistant to be new girls soccer coach

Abby Federmann is the new girls soccer coach at Edwardsville High School.

A member of the Tigers staff for the past four years and former junior-varsity coach, Federmann takes over from Abby Comerford, who recently resigned after eight seasons.

Comerford, who will remain the girls golf coach, also led Edwardsville to one Southwestern Conference title and a record of 108-45-19 during that time.

Federmann, 37, is a former collegiate standout at the University of Wyoming and has coached at several different places, but this will be her first high school head coaching job.

“My husband is in the military, and so we’ve lived all over,” Federmann said on Tuesday. “I think most assistant coaches would like a chance to have their programs where they can put into work their ideas and style of play.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity and looking forward to continuing the winning tradition at Edwardsville High School.”

Comerford, a former standout at Triad High School, led Edwardsville to a 13-4-2 record last spring. The Tigers lost to Collinsville in the Class 3A sectional semifinals. Collinsville went on to place third at the Class 3A state tournament.

Federmann isn’t concerned about the transition of going from an assistant and junior-varsity coach to leading the Tigers’ varsity girls squad.

“The transition should go smoothly. I have been around the program, and the players know me, and I know them,” Federmann said. “I don’t think we’ll emphasize one phase of the game any more than another. I want my team play hard and give 100 percent effort every minute they are on the field.”