The annual battles with Champlain Valley. The playoff runs that stretched to the first Saturday of November. The preparations for game days.
Scott Mosher will miss all of that, but when the Essex High School boys soccer coach looks back on his tenure, the lifelong relationships he built with his players stand above.
“To me, the best thing is the interaction with the guys after you coach them, staying connected,” Mosher said. “I’m glad I was a part of their life for a short period of time.
“That’s the best part of it.”
Head of one of the state’s premier boys soccer programs for 11 years, Mosher, 53, has stepped down from the Essex position after accepting a new job with NuHarbor Security, a start-up cybersecurity company.
“A friend of mine made me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” said Mosher, who begins May 15 as NuHarbor’s vice president of sales. “The challenge with this job is I’ll be flying all over the place and I really won’t have time to coach. I had every intention of coming back before this offer.”
Including one stint at BFA-St. Albans in 2003, Mosher’s teams went 136-54-12 in 12 seasons. Mosher also shared Essex head-coaching duties with Jay Brady in 2004 and 2005.
Under Mosher, Essex reached the Division I final three times, winning in 2010. This past season, Essex went 14-3-1 and lost the title game to South Burlington following penalty kicks. Mosher’s BFA team also shared the 2003 crown with CVU.
Once easy to spot when he had shoulder-length blond hair and wore a trench coat, Mosher brought a fiery passion to the sidelines, where he enjoyed the cyclical nature of high school sports.
“I’m real competitor and I love the whole aspect of the preparation of games and the games themselves. I’ll miss the competitive side of this soccer community,” Mosher said. “I loved the building aspect rather than maintaining (a program).”
Before he starts at NuHarbor, Mosher is wrapping up his career as the director of the Teacher Apprenticeship Program at Champlain College.