Soccer: Alexander Dawson hires girls, boys soccer coaches to replace Bill Hempen

David Martinez was interested in the Alexander Dawson girls soccer coaching post the last time it came open, a little over a year ago. But the timing wasn’t right then for him or the Mustangs program.

For one thing, Dawson had former Colorado Buffaloes coach Bill Hempen, who eventually got the job, on its list of candidates.

But when the job came around again a few weeks ago, Martinez didn’t hesitate to give it another shot. And Dawson is thrilled he did.

The private school between Longmont and Lafayette hired Martinez officially last week to replace Hempen, who was hired to start the new Division-I women’s program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Dawson also hired former assistant Josh Shemroske in recent days to take over Hempen’s duties as boys head coach.

“I was real excited,” Martinez, who is a science teacher at Justice High School in Lafayette, said Wednesday. “I’m very happy to be here now and be able to work with the girls.

“The team seems to be happy. They seem to be transitioning well from (Hempen).”

Both new Dawson hires are young but experienced nonetheless.

Martinez, 26, who played at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M., served as an assistant for his alma mater’s women’s team after graduation. Since coming to Colorado, he’s worked for the FC Boulder club program and spent last season as head JV coach and assistant varsity coach for Ryan Henkel at Monarch before Henkel was hired away by Boulder.

Shemroske, meanwhile, played at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina in the early 2000s, serving his own stint as an assistant after graduation. After serving as head girls coach at a high school in North Carolina, he moved to Colorado where he’s now technical director of Trebol Soccer Club and has served as an assistant boys coach at Dawson the past two years.

While Shemroske has a few months to prepare for his new gig, Martinez has been under the gun since he accepted Dawson’s offer as girls soccer season kicked off official practices on Monday.

“I’m excited about David because what really struck me in his interview was how eager he was to coach at the high school level,” Dawson athletic director David Hansburg said. “He’s a guy who really wants it and is very enthusiastic.”

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