|Bluebirds Own Three Straight Region Championships|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands girls soccer team will have a new head coach next year after Alex Dean took an assistant job at Mount Saint Joseph in western Cincinnati.|
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But Dean and his Dad, Joe, did some research on college positions and a part-time assistant job came open for the NCAA Division III Mount Saint Joseph Lions located in western Cincinnati. The Lions played in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Bluebirds drove all the way to the state championship in 2018 and 2019. The Bluebirds lost 2-1 to Louisville Sacred Heart in the 2018 state title game and 1-0 to Greenwood in the state championship game the following year. Maggie Stieby is one of nine seniors that graduates in a few weeks. They finished 58-11-7 the last three seasons.
"They're still girls who are trying to figure out what they want to do in terms of careers after (college). I know most college kids just go and worry about academics," Dean said. "They're kind of taking a challenge of being student-athletes. At Division III, they're not going to be ones that play professional so they're love for the game is really underappreciated at the Division III level. It's been great being able to work with girls from the ages of 18 to 22."