Kasey Counts stepping down as girls soccer coach
After amassing 42 wins in three seasons as head coach of the Broken Arrow High School girls soccer team, Kasey Counts is stepping away from the game that has been such a large part of her life to spend more time with her family, including her seven-month-old son.
“This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make,” Counts said. “I have absolutely loved working and coaching here at Broken Arrow and will miss it very much. I am definitely going to miss these girls, because they are family.”
Counts quickly put her mark on this team as a head coach. Broken Arrow upset two-time defending state champion – and eventual 2017 state champion – in her Tiger head coaching debut. It was Union’s only loss of the season. A year later, Counts led Broken Arrow to an undefeated season (17-0) and its first girls state soccer championship since 1998. The Tigers lost in the state semifinals to Norman North this year, finishing the season at 13-2. Counts was an assistant on Dave Cosby’s staff in 2016 before being named the head coach of the Tigers.
During her playing career at the University of Central Oklahoma, Counts was twice named to the Lone Star Conference first team. She helped UCO to a Sweet 16 appearance in 2007. Counts also played at Division I Drury College and was named to the Missouri Valley Conference all-freshman team.
“I got to see first-hand Kasey’s grit and competitiveness as a student-athlete while I was coaching football at UCO,” said Steve Dunn, Broken Arrow’s executive director of athletics. “I knew then that she would be a special coach who would bring out the best in her players. We appreciate her commitment to this program and all that she has done for our girls. I know she will enjoy the extra time with her young family.”
Though the Broken Arrow job was not her first as a head coach, it is the one that has left a lasting impression on her and the girls she has mentored.
“I am so proud of these girls and all that they have accomplished as a group,” Counts said. “I look forward to seeing their continued run of success. I will be there to watch these girls win their next state championship.”
Counts’ first head coaching job was at Northwestern Oklahoma State where she led the Alva school to its first winning season in 10 years. She took the Rangers through their transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II status.
A search for a new head coach of the girls program will begin immediately. The girls tryouts, originally scheduled for May 21 and 23, will be postponed until a head coach is in place. The boys tryouts will continue as originally planned.