Ukiah High Graduate & Counselor Naomi Rhodes Accepts Position as Head Coach of Varsity Girl’s Soccer


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Ukiah High Athletics has announced that UHS graduate, counselor, and local soccer aficionado Naomi Rhodes has accepted the head coach’s position for the girl’s varsity soccer team.

Rhodes’s portrait in the Ukiah High Year book

Rhodes told us she is a member of the Ukiah High School Class of 1994. She played on the varsity’s girls’ soccer team for her four years at Ukiah High School and was also a part of the track team. 

Rhodes is on the top row, three people in from the left

For college, Rhodes said she attended the University of Oregon, where she played on their club soccer team and later playing for the University of Oregon’s NCAA Division 1 team. 

Rhodes in the yearbook

After she graduated from college,  Rhodes decided to make Ukiah her permanent home. 

Rhodes said that she always had a thought about returning to Ukiah after graduating from college. Rhodes also met her husband here, who is also a Ukiah High School graduate. 

Rhodes working with the Mendocino County Soccer Academy players

Rhodes is very passionate about coaching soccer. “ I love coaching soccer because it allows me to connect with young players and teach them this game that I love,” she says. Rhodes has been coaching for many years, being the assistant women’s soccer coach at Mendocino College for eight years. She also co-founded the Mendocino County Soccer Academy, also known as MCSA,  a competitive youth club in the community. Rhodes coached on the girl’s side of the team since the club began in 2013. 

Rhodes launching the ball playing for the Wildcats when she was a student at Ukiah High

Rhodes thinks that physical activity is an essential part of living and is one of the best stress relievers available and free to anyone. “Even something as simple as taking a brisk 15-minute walk around the neighborhood can boost energy, relieve stress and anxiety, and offer a greater level of self-confidence,” Rhodes says. Also, Mrs. Rhodes thinks that it’s critical to teach youth the importance of physical activity. 

Rhodes has been a counselor for the Ukiah Unified School District for six years. Rhodes worked one year at Eagle Peak, three and Pomolita, and now is in her second year at Ukiah High School as a dean/counselor. 

Rhodes has many goals that she wants to accomplish with the girl’s varsity soccer team. Rhodes hopes to teach the players to play the game while holding them to high expectations regarding work ethic, commitment, and competitive drive. 

Izzy Nickerson
Izzy Nickerson
Izabella Nickerson is an editor and chief for the UHS newspaper and a Junior at Ukiah High School. Izabella enjoys playing sports like tennis and volleyball, baking/cooking, and being outdoors. Izabella is creative and hardworking doing her part to make the UHS newspaper informative and entertaining. Izabella has been a part of the UHS news team for 3 years. She enjoys writing about the sports that students participate in at Ukiah High School as well as articles addressing women's rights and more. She would like to continue Journalism and make a career out of it. Becoming a sports journalist or a sports broadcaster.

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