Lake Forest High School boys will open their fall soccer season next week against Dickinson at Dover High School as part of the Upstate/Downstate Challenge.

The game will mark the first as head coach for Sal Minor, who hopes to mold the program into a Henlopen Conference contender.

“I’ve returned to Lake Forest, where it all started,” Minor said. “I consider Lake Forest as
somewhere I call home.”

Minor’s original home was Liberia, where he began playing soccer, called football there, at a young age.

“I always played soccer, anywhere and any time, as long as there was a soccer ball or something worth kicking,” Minor said. “I played soccer with my friends in the neighborhood, and many times I got in trouble because I spent most of my time playing soccer.”

Soccer was his first love, a love which would only grow after he came to the United States before high school. Minor went on to play high school soccer at Dover before continuing his playing career at Delaware Technical & Community College.

Then Minor decided to dedicate his time to coaching. His first opportunity was at Lake Forest in 2014, where he took a volunteer position. He was introduced to the program by then boys head coach Pietro Randazzo, the current head coach of Lake Forest’s girls soccer. The spot at Lake Forest led him to coaching stops at multiple locations, working with players at several levels.

Minor has spent time with the Delaware Union; at First State Military Academy he spent two years as head coach. He’s also involved with the Coastal Atlantic Futbol Club as a U16 coach and goalkeeper coach. At the collegiate level, Minor is a Wesley College volunteer coach.

Minor saw early promise in his squad even before the team gathered for the opening of fall practices earlier this month.

“I’ve met with the team, visited their training sessions and observed some of their training and have seen a lot of potential in the young players,” Minor said. “I’m pleased with the players and look forward to introducing and teaching new strategies that I believe will be beneficial to the team.”

With eight returners from a young team a year ago, Minor is optimistic about the team’s chances if they’re able to meet their goals, improving on last year’s 6-9 finish.

“We’ve set goals and the first is to start the season off running with fresh ideas,” Minor said. “To be successful and playing for the team as a team, teamwork will be the hallmark.”