The Northeastern School District was busy this week hiring coaches.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Jon Scepanski, 26, would take over the Bobcats' football program.

On Thursday, the district also announced that the school will have a new boys' soccer coach and a new field hockey coach.

Both new coaches are familiar names to York-Adams League sports fans.

Bryan Stephens, the Northeastern athletic director, will take over the boys' soccer program. He had that same job from 2001 until 2006, when he became the school's AD.

Dave Marsh, who previously enjoyed success as the head coach of the Central York field hockey and softball programs, will now assume the reins of the Northeastern field hockey team.

Northeastern struggled in both boys' soccer and field hockey this past fall. The boys' soccer team finished 2-10-0 in York-Adams Division II, while the field hockey team was 1-12-1 in Division I.

The Northeastern boys' soccer team enjoyed great success during Stephens' previous tenure, winning or sharing division titles in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. That included a York-Adams League Tournament title in 2002. Since Stephens left, the Bobcats haven't won a division title and own just one winning league season during that span.

"I never wanted to get out of coaching but it was in the best interest for me professionally and (for) my family to concentrate on (being AD)," Stephens said. "With no prior experience as an AD, the district and myself felt it would be beneficial to focus solely on my job."


After seven years as AD, Stephens believes he can better handle both roles now, especially with the support of his family and the Northeastern administration. The school was also struggling to find applicants for the boys' soccer coaching position after Bryan Hays resigned.

"I felt this was a good time to get back into it," Stephens said.

Marsh, meanwhile, will take over a field hockey program that hasn't won a division title since 1984. The Bobcats have just two winning league seasons during that period.

"We are excited to bring Coach Marsh's experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to Northeastern field hockey," Stephens said. "At this point, we are a struggling program working hard to compete in Division I of the (York-Adams League) and we feel Coach Marsh is the person to turn things around and make us a reputable program within the (York-Adams League)."

Marsh is the owner of M2sports, a non-profit company that works with young athletes. He replaces Lauren Ramspacher as Northeastern's head coach.

-- Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdis