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DeSha to lead Helias boys, girls soccer programs

by News Tribune | May 13, 2022 at 12:11 a.m.

Helias has named Jon DeSha as the boys and girls head soccer coach, starting in the 2022-23 school year.

“I am extremely excited to be coaching back in Mid-Missouri and couldn’t be happier to have landed in a program like Helias Catholic,” DeSha said in a press release. “The roots of this program and the school run deep in Jefferson City, and I am honored to be a part of their future.”

DeSha, a native of Jefferson City, has 15 years of experience coaching and training at the college, high school and youth levels. He served as the men’s head coach at Ottawa (Kan.) University from 2013-16 and served as an assistant at Columbia College (2008-12), William Woods (2006-08) and Westminster (2001). In 2018, DeSha co-founded SoCal Elite FC, a regional competitive soccer club based in Southern California.

“I’m excited to welcome a coach with great knowledge and understanding of the game to continue building up our soccer program,” Helias athletic director Dwayne Clingman said. “Coach DeSha will be a great asset to Helias Catholic and our community.”

DeSha also was an assistant at Jefferson City High School for two seasons in the early 2000s.

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