Why he was chosen: McConnellsburg's girls soccer program began 7 years ago and McGarvey and his staff have made steady progress The fall season in 2011 was the best to date The Lady Spartans had never had more than 13 wins before, but finished with a 15-6 record McConnellsburg went 8-0 in the Sideling Hill League to win its second league crown in the last 5 years The Lady Spartans qualified for the District 5 Class A playoffs as the No. 3 seed, which gave them a first-round home game, and they took advantage by beating Rockwood - a team they had lost to 2 weeks earlier, 2-1 McConnellsburg's season ended in the district semifinals with a loss to eventual champion Conemaugh Township.
Background: McGarvey was a dangerous left wing in his high school career at McConnellsburg, and was a 2-time P.O. First Team All-Star In his senior season, he became the Spartans' first player selected to the Pa. Soccer Coaches Association All-State team McGarvey played for many years in the Mason-Dixon Soccer League as an adult.
Highlight: "Getting the opportunity to play our first District 5 playoff game at home was probably it," McGarvey said. "We had some goals at the beginning of the season - win the Sideling Hill League, win the ICC (Inter-County Conference), get a top-three seed for districts so we could host a game and then try to win districts. We were able to achieve a couple of them.
Giving thanks: McGarvey said, "I'd like to thank my family for being supportive and watching over the house while I'm out practicing or traveling. I've been blessed by being around this game and around these kids, too."
On a positive note: "This team was so positive - there was no negativity at all," McGarvey said. "The season was a success because the girls worked well as a team. When we talked before the season, the girls felt that they could accomplish more than other teams had before. And they did."
Taking strides: McGarvey said, "We think the program is going in the right direction. I enjoy coaching the kids and the assistant coaches have been a tremendous help (Josh McKelvey and Anne Marie Hollinshead were the assistants). We're doing some mini camps and things and we think we'll have 18 or 19 on the varsity next year. We have some girls coming up who feel they're up for the challenge."
Down the road: The Spartans graduated only 3 top players, so expectations will be high come September. McGarvey said, "We know what we have back and who is moving up and we only have to plug a couple of holes. We've added JB and Greencastle to the schedule because we want the girls to see some of the better teams."
What others say: "Coach Toby maintains a focus on the fundamentals of the game," McConnellsburg athletic director Alicia Mellott said. "He inspires in his girls a passion for soccer that's commendable. His players develop, grow and love to play soccer. He makes them work hard to be better and to win while allowing them to enjoy the sport as much as he does.
"He has built a rapport between the community and the school to support girls soccer."
Name: Toby McGarvey
Highlights: Won Sideling Hill League championship (8-0); won first-ever District 5 playoff game (2-1 over Rockwood); advanced to District 5-A semifinals for first time
Career record: 70-60-7
Position: Electronics mechanic at Letterkenny Army Depot, working on Patriot missile systems
Family: Wife Deena, daughers Tessa (in nursing school) and Hannah (entering 9th grade), son Tobias, 5
Coaching: Began the girls program at McConnellsburg 7 years ago ... Coached a U-6 AYSO team this spring In high school, McGarvey was McConnellsburg's first Pa. Soccer Coaches Association All-State player He graduated from McConnellsburg in 1979.