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In 2018, St. Teresa put out the "Help Wanted" sign and their new hires brought the boys soccer and volleyball teams to new heights in school history. In January, the Bulldogs hired former MacArthur and Champaign St. Thomas More coach Brad Dalton to head their volleyball program and in May, MacArthur graduate and Eastern Illinois University alum Davis Wegmann was named boys soccer coach.
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Dalton inherited a team that had last won a regional title in 2014 and guided them to the Class 1A state tournament. The Bulldogs' 29-11 season included a victory over last year's state second-place finisher Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg in the sectional final. At the state tournament, St. Teresa defeated Grayville 2-0 in the third-place match, giving the team its highest finish in school history.
Wegmann's team won a regional title last season but had never been able to progress further in the postseason. Their coach, in his first high school coaching position, installed a culture of unselfish play and camaraderie that took St. Teresa to the next level. The team finished 23-3-3 on the season and its 1-0 victory against Chicago Acero/Soto in the Class 1A state third-place game was the highest finish of any soccer team in the H&R coverage area.
Dalton was selected as H&R's 2018 Macon County Volleyball Coach of the Year and Wegmann was named the H&R's 2018 Area Soccer Coach of the Year. Now comes the hard part for the coaching pair — trying match their remarkable success in year two.
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