Grosse Pointe South girls soccer under new leadership

By: Mark Vest | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 27, 2018

 Grosse Pointe South’s Gwyneth Tiderington gets a foot to the ball during the team’s opening game of the season against Utica High March 21.  The Blue Devils fell 1-0. South coach Chris Bolio said he is “really optimistic about the year.”

Grosse Pointe South’s Gwyneth Tiderington gets a foot to the ball during the team’s opening game of the season against Utica High March 21. The Blue Devils fell 1-0. South coach Chris Bolio said he is “really optimistic about the year.”

Photo by Holly Mahaffey

GROSSE POINTES — Grosse Pointe South’s girls soccer team has a new leader this season, as Chris Bolio has been assigned to lead the program.

Bolio takes over for Gene Harkins, who previously led the program for more than 15 years.

During Harkins’ tenure, South won a combination of multiple division, district and regional championships.

Despite all the success, times haven’t been as good for South the last two seasons. The Blue Devils were 3-26-9 overall and 0-12-4 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division during that span.

Given South’s struggles over the past couple of seasons, the program is in better shape than Bolio anticipated.

“I think we’ve actually got a pretty solid roster this year, so I think it might be a pretty successful year,” he said.

Four of the players on South’s roster are captains Cameron Zak, Katherine Bird, Hannah Voytowich and Lily Adams.

Bolio has coached at the club level for approximately six years, to go along with his experience leading Warren Cousino’s JV program.

This is his first experience as a varsity head coach.

“I’m extremely excited,” Bolio said. “I’m really, really optimistic about the year. We can only trend upward from the last couple years, so it’s something I’m very excited about.”

In the short term, Bolio said, he would like to get a “couple wins” to help build the team’s confidence.

As for the long term, he wouldn’t mind having a repeat of the program’s previous success.

“Hopefully, I can succeed there and stay there for a long time, really build the program up and get it back to where it used to be, where South was the team to beat,” Bolio said. “I’d really like to get (the) program back to that place, winning divisions and winning district titles.”

At press time, South was 0-1.

“We got a young squad, and that’s a good place to start,” he said. “We had 20 freshmen come out to tryouts this year, which is huge. When you’re rebuilding a program you really (want to) start young. … Having that influx of freshmen helps.”

Up next, South plays at 7 p.m. April 11 at Grosse Pointe North.