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Soccer: Mancini to lead defending champion Ravenwood girls

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Ravenwood High School announced the hiring of Jessica Mancini as the new Lady Raptors soccer team’s head coach on Wednesday.

Mancini served as an assistant coach for Brandon Mead last year for Ravenwood, which captured the school’s first Class AAA state championship in November. Mead, who was hired in November of 2018 to coach the Lady Raptors, stepped down earlier this year to spend more time with his family and prepare for an upcoming out-of-state family move.

Mancini has assisted with the Lady Raptors program for three seasons.

“I am extremely honored and excited to get to work more closely with them as their head coach this upcoming season,” Mancini said in a school release. “This is a very special group of young ladies and I hope to inspire and push them to discover their full potential no matter the circumstances that might occur this fall due to changes in our world.”

Mancini grew up in Hendersonville and played soccer for the Lady Commandos before playing collegiately at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She teaches biology and biomedical anatomy at Ravenwood.

"I am excited for Jessica to be the next Ravenwood girls soccer coach,” Mead said. “She has brought great knowledge and experience to the program. This is a great opportunity for her to learn and grow.”

The Lady Raptors capped the school’s first soccer state title with a 3-2 win over previously unbeaten and nationally-ranked rival Brentwood in early November. The three goals doubled the amount the Lady Bruins had allowed all season. The match was the fourth meeting between the pair of Williamson County rivals and first on the pitch to decide a state champion. 

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